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Obama, day 1: Intervention at Gitmo

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Only hours into his presidency, Obama moves to begin untangling the Gitmo debacle.
clipped from www.dailykos.com
President Obama requested a 120 day suspension in the military commissions trial pending this week.

The instruction came in a motion filed with a military court in the case of five defendants accused of organizing the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. The motion called for “a continuance of the proceedings” until May 20 so that “the newly inaugurated president and his administration [can] review the military commissions process, generally, and the cases currently pending before military commissions, specifically.” […]

“We welcome our new commander-in-chief and this first step towards restoring the rule of law,” said Army Maj. Jon Jackson, a military defense attorney […]
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This preliminary step would delay trials 120 days to give the Obama administration time to plan the next step. Judges are not obliged to grant the motion, but should rule quickly on it.

According to Kos, the ACLU is calling for “the withdrawal of charges and an end to the military commissions process, with cases that warrant prosecution proceeding in regular federal criminal courts.”

I am glad for this quick start.  Decisive action is an important step toward regaining an America that walks its talk: that all “are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.”


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  1. Yes it is, and daring!

    Monte

    January 21, 2009 at 2:54 pm

  2. you know who his first call to a world leader was?? Abbas!! Not that Abbas has any influence in Palestine, but the gesture is awesome!

    giannakali

    January 21, 2009 at 11:58 am


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