Quietly hidden, in the Saturday morning papers
I can imagine the thrill running down Chris Matthew leg. Will he report it? Will Keith Olberman?
WASHINGTON – The Obama administration, fearing a battle with Congress that could stall plans to close Guantanamo, has drafted 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 statements 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 bypassing Congress could place the president on weaker footing before the courts and anger key supporters, the officials said.
After months of internal debate over how to close the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, White House officials are growing increasingly worried that reaching quick agreement with Congress on a new detention system might prove impossible. Several officials said there is concern in the White House that the administration may not be able to close the facility by the president’s January deadline.
Uh huh. I get it. A friend said this: “That’s a violation o’human rights! I’m shocked. They got to him, didn’t they? Oh my god, if they can get to him, they can get to anybody!” and he spun away, ranting, spitting.
“Civil liberties groups have encouraged the administration, that if a prolonged detention system were to be sought, to do it through executive order,’’ the official said.
Civil Liberties groups prefer an executive order? Really? Let’s take a trip in the way-back machine:
In a May speech, President Obama broached the need for a system of long-term detention and suggested that it would include congressional and judicial oversight. “We must recognize that these detention policies cannot be unbounded. They can’t be based simply on what I or the executive branch decide alone,’’ the president said.
If the Left can wake up from their stupor, perhaps they will March on Washington. The Million Leftists March. They could chant: Liar, liar, pants on fire.. and stick out their tongues.