Friday, May 15, 2009
Obama Reinstating Gitmo Tribunals
On the heels of his flipping on the issue of releasing additional photos of terrorist suspects who have undergone extreme interrogation (first he didn't oppose their release now he does), President Obama is now backtracking on eliminating military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay.
The Associated Press is reporting that the administration will, later today, be announcing a reinstatement of the tribunals but with more guarantees of legal protection for the detainees on trial.
This will be heralded by those who don't believe the terror suspects should be tried in the civilian criminal courts. Opponents of that policy - which still remains in effect - fear information that could compromise national security might come out in public testimony. They also fear the eventual release into their communities of suspected terrorists who may be exonerated at trial.
But those who hoped for openness and an end to the Bush style of government in the war on terror (now - like the battle to reduce illicit drugs - no longer being called a "war" by the Obama administration) will be dismayed. They are already disappointed in the president for his flipping on the release of the photos. And on the administration's earlier decision to not prosecute those who authorized the still hotly debated Bush-era interrogation techniques.
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