Saturday, January 24, 2009

Return to the rule-of-law

A president swears to uphold the Constitution ... not to "keep us safe" ... We may finally be returning to that...

Bush's 'War' On Terror Comes to a Sudden End
President Obama yesterday eliminated the most controversial tools employed by his predecessor against terrorism suspects. With the stroke of his pen, he effectively declared an end to the "war on terror," as President George W. Bush had defined it, signaling to the world that the reach of the U.S. government in battling its enemies will not be limitless.

While Obama says he has no plans to diminish counterterrorism operations abroad, the notion that a president can circumvent long-standing U.S. laws simply by declaring war was halted by executive order in the Oval Office.

Key components of the secret structure developed under Bush are being swept away: The military's Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, facility, where the rights of habeas corpus and due process had been denied detainees, will close, and the CIA is now prohibited from maintaining its own overseas prisons. And in a broad swipe at the Bush administration's lawyers, Obama nullified every legal order and opinion on interrogations issued by any lawyer in the executive branch after Sept. 11, 2001.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm feeling 100 times more safe now that before January 20th! Ugh..

Capt. Fogg said...

Ya worry a lot about terrorists, dude? Somewhere somebody in a long beard is laughing his ass off at American cowardice.

RR said...

I'm not quite sure what that mean ... sarcasm or ??