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Yet another Obama reversal

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Now he likes the military commissions he campaigned against. Glenn Greenwald has a good column, which begins:

It now appears definitive that the Obama administration will attempt to preserve a "modified" version of George Bush’s military commissions, rather than try suspected terrorists in our long-standing civilian court system or a court-martial proceeding under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.  Obama officials have been dispatched to insist to journalists (anonymously, of course) that Obama’s embrace of "new and improved" military commissions is neither inconsistent with the criticisms that were voiced about Bush’s military commission system nor with Obama’s prior statements on this issue.  It is plainly not the case that these "modifications" address the core criticisms directed to what Bush did, nor is it the case that Obama’s campaign position on this issue can be reconciled with what he is now doing.  Just read the facts below and decide for yourself if that is even a plausible claim…

Continue reading. Obama seems quick to adopt positions that he aggressively campaigned against. This is not good.

Written by Leisureguy

15 May 2009 at 10:47 am

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  1. This is crazy. To argue that Obama’s proposed military commissions are the same as Bush’s is flat out wrong. Obama has recommended several modifications to the proceedings, all of which were noted by the Supreme Court as essential. Even GG points out “Let’s concede that if the U.S. is going to continue to try accused terrorists in newly-created military commissions — rather than under our normal, long-standing system of justice — then it is better to have more safeguards than fewer. That’s just true by definition. Let’s further concede that many of the past criticisms voiced about Bush’s military commissions, including some of Obama’s criticisms, focused on the specific rules of those commissions, some of which (though far from all) are addressed by Obama’s modifications, including the most important change that coerced statements are no longer admissible.”

    He goes on to argue that “the overwhelming bulk of the objections to what the Bush administration did was to the very idea of military commission themselves.” It may be true that some believe that military commissions are ipso facto wrong. That does not, however, make it so.

    Military commissions have served a useful function in the past. It is not unreasonable that they could in the present or in the future. All military commissions are not alike and to suggest that what Bush proposed is no different than what Obama proposes is irresponsible or, some might say, crazy.

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    constant reader

    15 May 2009 at 12:30 pm


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