Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Obama to hold detainees indefinitely

From the Washington Post:
The Obama administration has decided not to seek legislation to establish a new system of preventive detention to hold terrorism suspects and will instead rely on a 2001 congressional resolution authorizing military force against al-Qaeda and the Taliban to continue to detain people indefinitely and without charge, according to administration officials...
"It's time to show the world that.we are not a country that runs prisons which locks people away without ever telling them why they're there or what they' are charged with."
Barack Obama speaking at a presidential campaign rally - September 03, 2007

"What we know is that, in previous terrorist attacks for example, the first attack against the World Trade Center we were able to arrest those responsible, put them on trial. They are currently in U.S. prisons, incapacitated. And the fact that the administration has not tried to do that has created a situation where not only have we never actually put many of these folks on trial, but we have destroyed our credibility when it comes to rule of law all around the world..."
Barack Obama in an interview with ABC News - June 16, 2008

"There should be no conflict between keeping America safe and secure and respecting our Constitution... Habeas corpus ... is the foundation of Anglo-American law, which says very simply, if the government grabs you, then you have the right to at least ask, ‘Why was I grabbed?’ and say, ‘Maybe, you’ve got the wrong person.’ The reason we have that safeguard is we don’t always have the right person. We don’t always catch the right person. We may think this is Muhammad the terrorist. It might be Muhammad the cab driver. You may think it’s Barack the bomb-thrower. But it might be Barack, the guy running for president.’’
Barack Obama speaking at a presidential campaign rally - September 8, 2008

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