Category Archives: guantanamo

NDAA: Chris Hedges Barks Up the Wrong Tree

Chris Hedges is not suing the president for personal publicity; I’m afraid it’s much worse than that. He’s a committed pacifist with a very respectable record of leadership in the movement, putting his body where his words are. But the … Continue reading

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Indefinite Detention

A dialectic has taken hold on the progressive conversation, and I do not like it. The digital left keeps using the words “indefinite detention” because they sound awful, which they are. Indefinite detention is not nice or kind or humane, … Continue reading

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(UPDATE x 2) “My administration will not authorize the indefinite military detention without trial of American citizens”

Via ThinkProgress, the full text of the president’s signing statement on NDAA addresses both of everyone’s favorite sections: Section 1021 affirms the executive branch’s authority to detain persons covered by the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) (Public … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Liberties, guantanamo, Military Commissions, Obama's Wars | 533 Comments

A Christmas Gift to Bill Maher and the Professional Left

By Emilia1956:Happy Festivus, Bill … I know you’re back in a few weeks and you’ll be in Hawaii soon. Stalking the President, are you? Well, here’s something of which those of us pragmatics would like to remind you … it’s … Continue reading

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NDAA: Wheeler vs. the War Machine

It’s really all in the story you tell. This photo of the first openly-gay coming-home kiss depicts two characters. One is a sailor who expects to be paid on time — and for her ship to leave and return on … Continue reading

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NDAA Facepalm Induction

Banter Media’s own Nicole Sandler won’t give up her belief in death panels-for-freedom: One who argued with me about this provision in the bill kept referring to a 1 1/2 page summary of the 900+ page bill – and badgered … Continue reading

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Big Government at Guantanamo

Let’s say there’s a dangerous dog in your neighborhood. Nearby are two agencies, one with a truck that has a cage in the back and experienced professionals who catch dogs all the time. The other doesn’t normally deal with loose … Continue reading

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Any Which Way But Loose

ProPublica reports the White House is considering using signing statements to undo all of Congress’ hard work to prevent Gitmo closure: Under consideration are claims that the provisions amount to “undue infringement” on the president’s authority to exercise prosecutorial discretion, … Continue reading

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Cheneys Are Exactly Wrong

The first Guanatanamo detainee civilian trial has begun. The defense is simple: Defense attorney Steve Zissou, however, described Ghailani as an unwitting “dupe” for al-Qaida. His client, he said, “ran errands” for longtime friends he believed were legitimate businessmen – … Continue reading

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Solving Gitmo

Whodathunkit? There’s a place that actually wants the Guantanamo Bay prisoners: CHICAGO — Gov. Pat Quinn and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin on Sunday tried to build support and counter criticism of a proposal to sell a prison in rural northwestern … Continue reading

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Innocence is No Excuse

Lakhdar Boumediene was arrested in October 2001 for supposedly plotting to blow up a US embassy. A Bosnian court ordered him released for lack of evidence, but the Bosnian government handed him over to the United States instead. After more … Continue reading

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