Saturday, June 27, 2009

Obama may hold some detainees indefinitely

The WaPo reports this morning that the White House is

"crafting language for an executive order that would reassert presidential authority to incarcerate terrorism suspects indefinitely. Such an order would embrace claims by former president George W. Bush that certain people can be detained without trial for long periods under the laws of war. Obama advisers are concerned that an order, which would bypass Congress, could place the president on weaker footing before the courts and anger key supporters, the officials said.

This coming on the heels of several important reachings-out to the "Muslim world" to say that America is reasserting its core values of liberty and human rights? The establishing of any such policy regarding detainees will not pass unnoticed across the world. And it will give Israeli security forces lots of ammunition for their own policies of detaining Palestinian "terrorists" - like the award-winning journalist who was detained and tortured by the Shin Bet on his way home from receiving an extremely prestigious international award.

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