‘a new conversation’

Karen Greenberg (Daily Beast): … The Obama administration’s decision to try Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame, a Somali national accused of terrorism, in federal court is the beginning of a new conversation…..

With the Warsame decision, the Obama administration has taken its first steps to create a post-Guantanamo world. Warsame was not brought to Gitmo; he was not hidden in a prison in Afghanistan. Since the prison at Guantanamo opened in January 2002, Warsame is essentially the first high-value foreign terror suspect to be rounded up abroad and brought into U.S. custody.

This is a welcome and long-overdue step. And, in many ways, it is the first realization of the president’s promise at the outset of his presidency to close Guantanamo….

With the transfer of Warsame nearly 10 years after 9/11, the Obama administration has done what the Bush administration should have done when it opened Guantanamo in January 2002. Instead of side-stepping the law and its procedures and standards, it has firmly embraced the American legal system and its courts as a viable tool in its arsenal against captured terrorism suspects.

… It is good news that Guantanamo may no longer be open for business. But this is only a first step in creating a sustainable system to replace the U.S. detention policy that has defined the war on terror.

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2 Responses to “‘a new conversation’”

  1. 1 utaustinliberal
    July 8, 2011 at 9:46 am

    I cheered when I heard this news. We are a nation of laws guided by the Constitution and Guantanamo was an erroneous breach of that under the Bush Admin. He and his people disregarded the Geneva Code and made up BS legal briefs to justify their crap. At every move President Obama has made to shut down that eyesore, congress blocks him b/c they’re too chickenshit to own up to their mistakes. How does it look to the world that America, which touts itself as a nation of laws, justice, and rules bypasses the proper legal channels time and time again. Our civilian courts are set up to handle a host of crimes and whatnot. They have improved over the years and take into account that we live in a dynamic world. If they could not handle cases of terrorism domestic and otherwise, then why do they exist? Bravo! President Obama. Cue rightwing rage in 3…2…

  2. 2 meta
    July 8, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Amazing. Thank you, President Obama. You are getting things done despite the enormous headwinds. We stand with you. BRAVO.

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