On the off chance that someone out there still cares; the Hill.com reports today that President Obama has reversed himself yet again and had ordered the re-starting of Military Tribunals for prisoners at GITMO (you know, the place he was going to close within a year of taking office).
According to the Hill:
“President Obama on Monday ordered trials by military commission to resume at Guantánamo Bay.
The move signals another defeat for Obama, who pledged to close the terrorist detention facility in Cuba within one year of taking office….
…Shortly after Obama came to office and announced his goal of closing the facility, the administration suspended new charges in military commissions in Cuba.
But on Monday, Obama directed Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to “issue an order rescinding his prior suspension on the swearing and referring of new charges in the military commissions.””
And in a throwback to the days of GW Bush’s Orwellian logic, Obama’s new Executive Order says this about the release of prisoner’s deemed to pose no threat to our national security:
““If a final determination is made that a detainee no longer constitutes a significant threat to our security, the Executive Order provides that the Secretaries of State and Defense are to identify a suitable transfer location outside the United States, consistent with the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States and applicable law,” the fact sheet said. “As the president has stated before, no Guantánamo detainee will be released into the United States.””
Chad (The Left) Shue