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Monday, June 29, 2009 8:51 pm

Meet the new boss jailer

Filed under: I want my country back. — Lex @ 8:51 pm
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President Obama may issue an executive order authorizing the indefinite detention of possible terrorists who, for whatever reason, can’t be tried but are deemed too dangerous to release:

Obama administration officials, fearing a battle with Congress that could stall plans to close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, are crafting language for an executive order that would reassert presidential authority to incarcerate terrorism suspects indefinitely, according to three senior government officials with knowledge of White House deliberations.

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 anonymously sourced article by The Washington Post and nonprofit ProPublica obviously is just a trial balloon, but the fact that the idea is being floated at all is disturbing for at least two reasons: 1) the executive branch can’t just bypass the legislative and judicial branches on this, and 2) it’s unconstitutional on its face.

Christy Hardin Smith speaks for me on this: “Considering how opposed I was to this during the Bush years? It should be no shocker that I still think it’s craptastically unconstitutional nincompoopery.”

It seems that Obama is bent on embracing every objectionable bit of Bushery he can get his hands on, as long as it empowers the executive branch. And this, folks, is why you don’t tolerate behavior like that: Even if it’s someone you like who’s doing it, inevitably someone else, someone you DON’T like, will come along and do it even worse.

But we can’t say we weren’t warned.

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