Saturday, February 21, 2009

Shocking News from Obamaland

Associated Press headlines the shocking news that just like Bush, Obama is fighting to deny detainees in Afghanistan any constitutional rights.

That's right; even though last year the U.S. Supreme Court "gave al-Qaida and Taliban suspects held at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay...the right to challenge their detention", Obama doesn't want designated enemy combatants anytime soon to realize those rights in U.S. courts.

AP explains:
Three months after the Supreme Court's ruling on Guantanamo Bay, four Afghan citizens being detained at Bagram tried to challenge their detentions in U.S. District Court in Washington. Court filings alleged that the U.S. military had held them without charges, repeatedly interrogating them without any means to contact an attorney. Their petition was filed by relatives on their behalf since they had no way of getting access to the legal system.
All over the blogosphere, progressives have communicated their outrage this morning. DailyKos, zip. Americablog, home of the truth, zilch; investigative news leader Raw Story, zot. Talk Left, nada. Think Progressive, another goose egg; and their deafening silence kept poor Howling Latina awake last night and early this morning.

Guess the Age of Enlightenment will have to wait a little longer -- AGAIN!

The hope we all had in President Obama to lead us on a different path has not turned out as we'd hoped," said Tina Monshipour Foster, a human rights attorney representing a detainee at the Bagram Airfield. "We all expected better."
What do you mean we, paleface? Not everyone...but don't worry. Blessedly, Obama is closing Guantanamo; and if the administration's arguments are upheld, we will continue to happily sing kumbaya on the overseas trail of tears without pesky U.S. courts weighing in on the matter.

They've now embraced the Bush policy that you can create prisons outside the law," said Jonathan Hafetz, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union who has represented several detainees.

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