Monday, November 10, 2008

US: Obama planning US trials for Gitmo terrorists

Club Gitmo: There's a new sheriff in town.

Well, isn't this special?

President-elect Obama's advisers are quietly crafting a proposal to ship dozens, if not hundreds, of imprisoned terrorism suspects to the United States to face criminal trials, a plan that would make good on his promise to close the Guantanamo Bay prison but could require creation of a controversial new system of justice.

Obama justice: Releasing terror squads in a neighborhood near you soon.

Under plans being put together in Obama's camp, some detainees would be released and many others would be prosecuted in U.S. criminal courts. A third group of detainees - the ones whose cases are most entangled in highly classified information - might have to go before a new court designed especially to handle sensitive national security cases, according to advisers and Democrats involved in the talks. Advisers participating directly in the planning spoke on condition of anonymity because the plans aren't final.

If I was behind a boneheaded idea like this I wouldn't want my name known, either. Two names quoted in the article Hah-vahd prof and legal advisor, Lawrence Tribe and Rep Adam Schiff D -CA. Of course, they think that Obama justice is a grand idea and can't wait for the new 'hybrid system' to take effect. Mark my words, this is going to end up being a clusterphuk.

Source: API via the Orange County Register.

Update: Shut Guantanamo on Day One, Obama urged. See the full page ad here. The usual suspects are doing the urging: the ACLU, Amnesty International, the Center for Constitutional Rights, Human Rights Watch, Reprieve and the International Federation for Human Rights.