Monday, January 3, 2011

Signing Statement to nullify Gitmo provisions

White House officials have indicated that the President will likely issue a signing statement nullifying at least some of the provisions added by senate Republicans to the defense spending bill which limit the president's options on Guantanamo Bay detainees.

Several administration officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the White House is still uncertain how many of the provisions will be targeted, and nullified, in the President's signing statement.

Among the issues at hand: Prosecuting detainees in US civilian courts and transferring detainees to foreign countries. The former, however, seems certain to be targeted by the President.

The President will likely face heavy criticism if he chooses to override the provision banning Gitmo detainees from being tried in US civilian courts: In November of last year, a federal court in New York City acquitted Ahmed Ghailani, an al Qaeda terrorist, of all but one of the 286 charges levied against him, including one count of murder for each of the 224 people killed and the thousands who were injured in the 1998 attacks on the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

Luckily, the President, last week, was able to use the holiday recess to appoint James Cole as Deputy U.S. Attorney General. Mr. Cole, who believes terrorists attacks are akin to domestic crimes of murder and rape, and who also served as a former defense attorney for a renowned Saudi terrorism financier, will likely be of immense assistance to the President as he formulates his new signing statement.

The Justice Department is also filled with a whole host of former defense attorneys who have previously represented Gitmo detainees. Working in unison with Mr. Cole, the aforementioned terrorist sympathizers will provide the President with much needed assistance as he drafts bold new legislation [aka executive powers] to defend the rights of deprived, despairing and hopeless murderers, who are merely seeking a second chance in life.