December 19, 2008
So I was watching the Rachel Maddow show last week (something you all should do, by the way, on MSNBC at 9PM EST) and this interview really intrigued me.
After six years of dragging its feet on allowing the Guantanamo Bay detainees to access the military justice system, the Bush administration has suddenly clogged the docket with dozens of new, highly-complicated cases. This all comes right on the heels of Obama’s bold plans to close the prison. Now that promise could be complicated by years of protracted military tribunals with charges that can’t be transferred to civilian courts as Obama would like.
April 7, 2008
Last week there was a very short news story about the U.S FINALLY charging one of the so-called high value detainees at Guantanamo Bay. We have learned more now. Ahmed Ghailani is charged with war crimes for his alleged role in the bombing in Tanzania that is the subject of a very good book called, In the Moment of Greatest Calamity: Terrorism, Grief, and the War on Terror. You should read this book. And, if you are in the Chicago area, come to our reading group about it April 17th.
But I digress . . . We charged someone!! He was held in secret prisons from 2004 – 2006 and in Guantanamo from 2006 until now. So war crimes — an interesting charge by this administration. And we will try him for these war crimes? I guess it would be too scary for us to allow the International War Crimes Tribunal do it because then we would be conceding that these international organizations have authority. And that could be scary for the people that detained this guy for FOUR YEARS before charging him with anything.
March 14, 2008
Your President, and mine, former member of the Texas Air National Guard (well, at least that’s what he claims), by video conference yesterday to military and civilian personnel in Afghanistan
“I must say, I’m a little envious,” Bush said. “If I were slightly younger and not employed here, I think it would be a fantastic experience to be on the front lines of helping this young democracy succeed.”
“It must be exciting for you … in some ways romantic, in some ways, you know, confronting danger. You’re really making history, and thanks,” Bush said.
Edit: Here’s Fred Kaplan’s commentary