Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Obama's "show trials"

Obama's "show trials"

Remind me again, what was the 2008 election all about?

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration said Tuesday it could continue to imprison non-U.S. citizens indefinitely even if they have been acquitted of terrorism charges by a U.S. military commission.

Jeh Johnson, the Defense Department's chief lawyer, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that releasing a detainee who has been tried and found not guilty was a policy decision that officials would make based on their estimate of whether the prisoner posed a future threat.

Hey, maybe today that's Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. But maybe tomorrow that's some Uighur. And maybe next week that's...you, you kind of look like you pose a future threat, according to some federal bureaucrat in the Department of Pre-Crime or some bad sequel to "Minority Report."

I have to agree with Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler on this disgraceful news:

"What bothers me is that they seem to be saying, 'Some people we have good enough evidence against, so we'll give them a fair trial. Some people the evidence is not so good, so we'll give them a less fair trial. We'll give them just enough due process to ensure a conviction because we know they're guilty. That's not a fair trial, that's a show trial," Mr. Nadler said.

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