Thursday, September 24, 2009

Prolonged, Preventive, Indefinite Detainees...

“A nation can survive its fools, even its ambitious; it cannot survive lies from its government.” — Cicero
If this subject weren't so serious, the Three Stooges might actually be in charge.

Update (September 24, 2009): From (Glenn Greenwald) [click here], writes in part:

"When Barack Obama gave his "civil liberties" speech (from at the National Archives in May, he advocated a new scheme of preventive detention for detainees whom he claimed "cannot be prosecuted yet who pose a clear danger to the American people," and he unambiguously vowed to develop a new statutory regime, enacted by Congress, to vest him with the power of what he called "prolonged detention."

"Obama has now changed his mind (from the NY Times) about seeking a new law, and instead will continue to detain Terrorism suspects without charges under the current system (the one used by Bush/Cheney as well): The Obama administration has decided not to seek new legislation from Congress authorizing the indefinite detention of about 50 terrorism suspects being held without charges at at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, officials said Wednesday (September 23, 2009)."

"Regardless of what motivated this, and no matter how bad the current detention scheme is, this development is very positive, and should be considered a victory for those who spent the last four months loudly protesting Obama's proposal."

"Here's why:" [click here to read the rest of this fine assessment].

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