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Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Sigh.
Posted by Jill | 5:05 AM
Then:



Now:

President Barack Obama approved Monday the resumption of military trials for detainees at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, ending a two-year ban.

It was the latest acknowledgement that the detention facility Obama had vowed to shut down within a year of taking office will remain open for some time to come. But even while announcing a resumption of military commission trials, Obama reaffirmed his support for trying terror suspects in U.S. federal courts - something that's met vehement resistance on Capitol Hill.

"I strongly believe that the American system of justice is a key part of our arsenal in the war against al-Qaida and its affiliates, and we will continue to draw on all aspects of our justice system - including Article III courts - to ensure that our security and our values are strengthened," the president said in a statement.

The White House also reiterated that the administration remains committed to eventually closing Guantanamo Bay, though Monday's actions didn't seem to bring that outcome any closer.

Now:
For over seven months, Manning has been detained in solitary confinement at a maximum security military brig in Virginia. He has been forced to endure widely condemned conditions and could face the death sentence as a result of charges recently leveled against him. He has yet to receive so much as a preliminary hearing.



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3 Comments:
Blogger Barry said...
Ah yes, "fierce moral urgency" is so 2008.

Blogger jurassicpork said...
Not a miserable failure on every front, eh?

Anonymous Anonymous said...
We've really gone back to the Middle Ages...when kings threw people into dungeons forever and ever without trial, just because.....

If I hear another Repub gargle on about "Freedom and "Democracy", I might just have to go puke on them.