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The White House looks to reverse Attorney General Holder on the Terror Trials…….

Finally getting the message that although Presdient Obama made acampaign promise to try the Girmo 5 and others in civilan courts…the fact is Oabam is the president now…and that policy really doesn’t make too much sense is just needlessly pissing people off and giving the Republicans ammo to shot at them…..

While nice in theory …the practical thing is NOT parade these people in showroom trials that will become political not legal theatre…..

My suggestion…swallow hard…and come out and tell the world you’re keeping Gitmo open……

If you want to bring some of the lesser bad guys to the Michigan prison…do that…but there is absolutly no reaason to carry on with trial is Fedearl Corts in New Yrok City or elsewhere in the United States..leave the bad guys on Castro’s Cubian island……

Here’s the piece……

The president’s advisers feel increasingly hemmed in bybipartisan opposition to a federal trial in New York and demands, mainly from Republicans, that Mohammed and his accused co-conspirators remain under military jurisdiction, officials said. While Obama has favored trying some terrorism suspects in civilian courts as a symbol of U.S. commitment to the rule of law, critics have said military tribunals are the appropriate venue for those accused of attacking the United States.

If Obama accepts the likely recommendation of his advisers, the White House may be able to secure from Congress the funding and legal authority it needs to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and replace it with a facility within the United States. The administration has failed to meet a self-imposed one-year deadline to close Guantanamo.

The administration officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations, said the president’s legal advisers are finalizing their review of the cases of Mohammed and four alleged co-conspirators. Asked about the process, White House press secretaryRobert Gibbs said that “no decisions have been made.”

Privately, administration officials are bracing for the ire of disappointed liberals and even some government lawyers should the administration back away from promises to use civilian courts to adjudicate the cases of some of the 188 detainees who remain at Guantanamo.

‘A sad day’

Marine Col. Jeffrey Colwell, acting chief defense counsel at the Defense Department’s Office of Military Commissions, said it would be a “sad day for the rule of law” if Obama decides not to proceed with a federal trial. “I thought the decision where to put people on trial — whether federal court or military commissions — was based on what was right, not what is politically advantageous,” Colwell said.


March 5, 2010 - Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Crime, Government, Law, Media, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, September 11, Updates | , , , , , ,


  1. The KSM trial is a total farce, because Holder & Obama have indicated regardless of what the court decision is that KSM will be put to death or incarcerated for life

    what a TOTAL waste of GRANDSTANDING

    Comment by Timothy Peter Leal | March 5, 2010 | Reply

  2. that’s one brave suggestion.. but it could be done, wrapped in some ambigious words and moving a few of the detainees, giving the rest an “in transfer” status of sorts. giving the facility a new temporary name and claiming gitmo’s in fact closed..

    Comment by talkandpolitics | March 5, 2010 | Reply

    • No…that’s the point……

      They have to acknowledge it will NOT close…..

      Otherwise the media would have leverage…..

      Just say…..we messed up…the REAL bad guys stay…..

      Comment by jamesb101 | March 5, 2010 | Reply

  3. Holder is an EMBARRASSMENT and I betcha Obama wished he could have picked either Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm (D) or Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (D) as AG instead.

    Comment by Conservative Democrat | March 5, 2010 | Reply

  4. No…No…No…you’re wrong….Obama made several rookie mistakes here…

    1) He let Holder make the decision as a purely legal and logistical one

    2) He went along to for fill a campaign promise that was no longer relevant

    3) He tried to not be political…wrong….The buck always ends up at his desk…regardless….

    This wasn’t Holder’s fault..he though he could just make a management decision…they won’t let him…or any other cabinet Secretary do that again…..

    Comment by jamesb101 | March 5, 2010 | Reply

    • very good list.
      i still remember obama after the hugging and chummy stuff with chavez last year.. people asked him about the signals and symbolic effects, and he answered “well, that’s politics – and i don’t have to worry about those things”.


      guess your point 3 applies to lots of things..

      Comment by talkandpolitics | March 5, 2010 | Reply

      • Yep……

        He’s learning……

        Comment by jamesb101 | March 5, 2010

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