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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Obama Doesn't Think Gitmo Is So Bad

Despite the words you hear coming from Barack Obama's mouth about Guantanamo Bay (Gitmo) being a horrible place, a stigma on America's reputation and signing orders to have it closed... actions quite often speak mych louder than words.

Re: 17 Chinese Muslims currently being held at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base.

From Jake Tapper, ABC's Political Punch:

But not to worry -- the Obama administration says the Uighurs' detention isn't so bad, considering.

"In contrast to individuals currently detained as enemies under the laws of war, petitioners are being housed under relatively unrestrictive conditions, given the status of Guantanamo Bay as a United States military base," Kagan writes, saying they are "in special communal housing with access to all areas of their camp, including an outdoor recreation space and picnic area." They "sleep in an air-conditioned bunk house and have the use of an activity room equipped with various recreational items, including a television with VCR and DVD players, a stereo system, and sports equipment."

On October 7, 2008, the D.C. District Court Judge Ricardo Urbina ordered that all 17 Uighurs be released into the United States by Friday, October 10.

The Bush administration appealed the case to the DC Circuit Court which on February 18, 2009, reversed the lower court's decision.

On April 3, 2009, the Uighurs asked the US Supreme Court to hear their case.

The Obama administration on Friday urged the Supreme Court to not hear the case of the Uighurs, and to uphold the appellate court ruling.

You can read the filing in the case Kiyemba v Obama HERE.

Even the far left seems to notice the hypocrisy of Obama.

Furthermore, the petition cites the Senate’s recent vote to block Guantanamo detainees from entering the U.S. as further reason to deny their release — despite the fact the vote was in defiance of a White House request. The petition comes just a week after President Obama, in a speech defending his plan to close Guantanamo, declared that “the wrong answer is to pretend like this problem will go away if we maintain an unsustainable status quo.”

Oh, that isn't the only news this weekend that shows Obama agreeing with Bush terror policies to which Obama complained so loudly about, before he was elected.

The Obama administration has informed a federal judge it will continue to invoke the "state secrets" privilege in a legal battle with an Islamic charity suspected of funding terrorism.

The United States has designated the Oregon-based al-Haramain Islamic Foundation as a terrorist organization. The group, which has sued the government over alleged warrantless wiretapping, is demanding classified information about the program.

U.S. officials have refused to tell the charity's lawyers whether the group was subjected to presidentially authorized, warrantless, foreign intelligence surveillance in 2004 and, if so, what information was obtained.

In a court document filed overnight in San Francisco and released early Saturday in Washington, the Justice Department said its case-by-case review of the government's use of the state secrets defense has not changed its position in the al-Haramain case.

As PowerLine headlines "Bush Administration Right After All. Again."

It was easy for Obama to criticize Bush's methods when he was on the outside looking in and trying to get elected, but now that he is in the hot seat, he seems to be making the same decisions that Bush did.

Too bad he doesn't actually have the courage to acknowledge that certain of those decisions Bush made, were correct, which is why Obama is making those same decisions.

Then again, as I said above, actions speak far louder than empty words.