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Preexisting Failure

How Republicans reacted to the news that accused embassy bomber Ahmed Ghailani has been found not guilty on almost all charges:

U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, said Wednesday’s verdict confirms that the Obama administration’s decision to try Gitmo detainees in civilian courts “was a mistake and will not work.”

“This case was supposed to be the easy one, and the Obama administration failed – the Gitmo cases from here-on-out will only get more difficult,” Hoekstra, of Michigan, said in a statement.

U.S. Rep. Peter King, a New York Republican who’s the ranking minority leader of the Homeland Security Committee, called the verdict a “wake-up call” for the White House.

Ghailani’s prosecution also demonstrated some of the constitutional challenges the government would face in future trials of Guantanamo detainees on U.S. soil. On the eve of his trial last month, the judge barred the government from calling a key witness because the witness had been identified while Ghailani was being held at a secret CIA prison where harsh interrogation techniques were used.

Basically, the Bushies decided to rendition and torture captives instead of gathering evidence for a court of law. The inevitable weaknesses of the government’s case are now blamed on Obama. See how that works?

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