National Security Strategy Embraces Indefinite Detention Without Charge

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Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 12:32 pm

At the risk of sounding obsessive, look at how the National Security Strategy entrenches indefinite detention without charge.

The increased risk of terrorism necessitates a capacity to detain and interrogate suspected violent extremists, but that framework must align with our laws to be effective and sustainable. When we are able, we will prosecute terrorists in Federal courts or in reformed military commissions that are fair, legitimate, and effective. For detainees who cannot be prosecuted—but pose a danger to the American people—we must have clear, defensible, and lawful standards. We must have fair procedures and a thorough process of periodic review, so that any prolonged detention is carefully evaluated and justified. And keeping with our Constitutional system, it will be subject to checks and balances. The goal is an approach that can be sustained by future Administrations, with support from both political parties and all three branches of government.

This is actually in a section entitled “Strengthen the Power of Our Example.”

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strangely_enough
Comment posted May 27, 2010 @ 6:12 pm

When we are able, we will prosecute terrorists in Federal courts or in reformed military commissions that are fair, legitimate, and effective.

The former seemed to have worked quite well at prosecuting terrorism cases. The latter not so much…
The repetitious invocations of legality- “align with our laws,” “lawful standards,” “keeping with our Constitutional system”- ring a little hollow, considering what it is they have been doing, and want to continue, but “an approach that can be sustained by future Administrations,” pretty much sums it up.
Shouldn't “detainees who cannot be prosecuted,” but must be imprisoned, warrant the obvious question- why exactly can't they be prosecuted if they've so “obviously” done something?
“Strengthen the Power of Our Example.” Orwellian comes to mind.


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YoursTruly
Comment posted May 30, 2010 @ 6:47 am

I have a huge problem with this. I don't care if they are murdering pathetic pieces of shit. They deserve a right to due process. There is no such thing as “detainees who cannot be prosecuted” unless they were tortured. Stop torturing. If we tortured, then it is on us to take that hit.

Following the rule of law is of upmost importance when it comes to national security, and torture is against the law. So is indefinite detention. And I will come at those who have the power to change this to make sure that they do.

Do you here me President Obama?


YoursTruly
Comment posted May 30, 2010 @ 7:19 pm

Here is President Obama in 2009 on torture:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28574408/ (Obama: U.S. will not torture)

I expect that to be upheld, but I am disappointed by this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uuWVHT1WUY

Due process is the rule of law. It is the pillar, and to remove that is to shirk your duty to uphold the rule of law. “And I will come at those who have the power to change this to make sure that they do.” That means I will campaign to have you voted out of office unless you change things to uphold the rule of law, and I won't care about the platform that the other person is running on because it doesn't matter when YOU won't uphold the rule of law. Understand?


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