Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Who's shredding the Constitution now?

In an about-face on the day President Barack Obama announced his reelection bid, a U.S. official said Monday that Attorney General Eric Holder will order military trials at Guantánamo for confessed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other alleged co-plotters now held there for the mass murder of thousands on Sept. 11, 2001.

Holder had sought to try the five men in civilian court in Manhattan, a move that produced an outcry from politicians and some 9/11 families who feared that the alleged al Qaeda insiders would turn the case into a forum for promoting their cause.

The attorney general said at an afternoon news conference that he was prepared to prosecute the case in New York and, in a surprise, released a secret 81-page federal grand jury indictment. But he blamed a ban by Congress on moving Guantanamo captives to U.S. soil even for trials, saying it made it unlikely they would be tried anytime soon in the United States.


This isn't a "reversal" or an "about face".

This is a betrayal of the basic promise of Obama's presidential campaign.

P.S. - Blame it on "Congress"? That was the Obama allied, Democratic controlled, Pelosi / Reid led Congress, in power during the first two years of the Obama administration.

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