Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Bye Bye, Bill Of Rights: Obama To Issue Executive Order For Indefinite Detention - UPDATED

I guess it's all over but the shouting. TPM:

White House Drafts Executive Order for Indefinite Detention

by Dafna Linzer, ProPublica

The White House is preparing an Executive Order on indefinite detention that will provide periodic reviews of evidence against dozens of prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, according to several administration officials.

The draft order, a version of which was first considered nearly 18 months ago, is expected to be signed by President Obama early in the New Year. The order allows for the possibility that detainees from countries like Yemen might be released if circumstances there change.

But the order establishes indefinite detention as a long-term Obama administration policy and makes clear that the White House alone will manage a review process for those it chooses to hold without charge or trial.


"[To] hold without charge or trial..." the very words are repugnant to any American who believes our Founders had a different idea. Obama is acting like a king, not a president. Of course some of us will make a fuss, but that's all it will be... and it won't be a fuss by the great majority of Americans.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, America. Here's your stinking present.

UPDATE: David Dayen of FDL has a lot to say.

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