The Glass Is Half Broken

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Wasington Post:

The Obama administration has decided not to seek legislation to establish a new system of preventive detention to hold terrorism suspects and will instead rely on a 2001 congressional resolution authorizing military force against al-Qaeda and the Taliban to continue to detain people indefinitely and without charge, according to administration officials.

Leading congressional Democrats and members of the civil rights community had signaled opposition to any new indefinite-detention regime, fearing that it would expand government powers and undermine the rule of law and U.S. legal traditions.

The administration’s decision avoids a potentially rancorous debate that could alienate key allies at a time when President Obama needs congressional and public support to transfer detainees held at the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the United States for trial or continued incarceration.

The administration has concluded that its detention powers, as currently accepted by the federal courts, are adequate to the task of holding some Guantanamo Bay detainees indefinitely. And although legal advocacy groups, such as the American Civil Liberties Union, are unhappy with the existing system, they acknowledge that it has enabled some detainees to win their release and limited government power in ways that any new law might not.

So, I guess we don’t need to worry about this, anymore, either.  

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  1. The shards are scattered, and there ain’t no glue that could hold ’em together anyway.

    Oh well. I think I’ll go visit the zoo.

    Oh!! They won’t let me in, the nosurance executive bought it.

    Oh well, sigh. Maybe I’ll go camping in the National Park

    Oh!! It has been closed due to budget restraints, the money is needed for the Iraq Afghanistan Af-Pac war on terrorism ….what….. really?

    Just oh well………….

    • TMC on September 24, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    to all those flowery speeches about the rule of law and restoring the respect for the Constitution? I am not surprised at this, not at all. Heh. Trust no one because something wicked this way comes.

    • Joy B. on September 24, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    …could ‘tame’ Afghanistan. It simply cannnot be tamed. The various back-and-forth of who’s thinking they’re in control this year is all about the opium. Always has been.

    • Underdog on September 24, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    is falling by the wayside.  Weird word tho.  

  2. it’s like were in some surreal loop which just keeps repeating regardless of what we do, either politically inside the system or from the outside. Samsara the wheel of suffering, and enlightenment seems to be as far away as ever. I am trying to detach from my expectations that I projected to Obama. I think he just tapped into our needs for power that was not his to own or give. Right now there is no political or governmental, avenue that seems open to the people, no democracy, no representation. It really is up to the citizens, it’s reached that point. Freedom is frightening and so is change, no one seems up to dealing with our reality, let alone changing it.      

    All Along The Watchtower

    “There must be some way out of here,” said the joker to the thief,

    “There’s too much confusion, I can’t get no relief.

    Businessmen, they drink my wine, plowmen dig my earth,

    None of them along the line know what any of it is worth.”

    “No reason to get excited,” the thief, he kindly spoke,

    “There are many here among us who feel that life is but a joke.

    But you and I, we’ve been through that, and this is not our fate,

    So let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late.”

    All along the watchtower, princes kept the view

    While all the women came and went, barefoot servants, too.

    Outside in the distance a wildcat did growl,

    Two riders were approaching, the wind began to howl.

    • Edger on September 24, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    there has only been one president for the past 9 years?

    • TMC on September 25, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    The White House Council, Gregory B. Craig, has been shown the door in an effort to regroup. He was the architect of the closing and advocate for setting the deadline of closing Guantanamo. He has been replaces by a former congressional aide and now WH advisor who has no national security background. Axelrod and Dan Pfieffer, deputy communications director, will now manipulate the message on trashing the Constitution and law.  

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