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A wrench in President Obama's plans to suspend the military tribunal process for 120 days? Your Thoughts?

A military judge has refused the Obama administration's request to delay the arraignment of Abu al-Nashiri, the accused planner of the 2000 USS Cole attack in Yemen. Judge James Pohl's ruling throws a wrench in President Obama's plans to suspend the military tribunal process for 120 days while the administration reviews how to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility within the year.
Pohl's decision is striking because two other military judges in a Sept. 11 conspiracy case and in the case of Canadian Al Qaeda operative Omar Khadr agreed to suspend proceedings in accordance with Obama's recent executive order, which put a hold on all military tribunals. Al-Nashiri's arraignment is scheduled for Feb. 9 at Guantanamo Bay.

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 2:01 PM on Jan. 29, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Interesting. The brothers of one of the Cole victims had huge roles in Obama's campaign in South Carolina. This must be how he takes care of his own.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:03 PM on Jan. 29, 2009

  • I think it might be a good time in our history for us Americans to re-remember that all of our officials have sworn an oath when they go into their positions. That oath is NOT to obey the President or any other elected person (Thank God !) That oath is to uphold and defend the Constitution. And a judge must also abide by the law, not by any politician's requests. The Constitution, the law, and a man's conscience about fulfilling his oath ... these are more important than political agendas, and it is glorious to see the rare man who acts accordingly !
    Kudos to him !
    waldorfmom

    Answer by waldorfmom at 2:08 PM on Jan. 29, 2009

  • waldorfmom ~Very well stated! Kudos!
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 2:13 PM on Jan. 29, 2009

  • AMEN and AMEN waldorfmom!!
    blessed5x

    Answer by blessed5x at 2:16 PM on Jan. 29, 2009

  • nice one, Waldorf's mom!
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 2:19 PM on Jan. 29, 2009

  • well said Waldorf's mom!!!
    ArmyWifeMomof3

    Answer by ArmyWifeMomof3 at 2:49 PM on Jan. 29, 2009

  • anon, i live in south carolina and i campaigned for obama.
    i'd love to have more information on whatever it is you're talking about.
    heatherama

    Answer by heatherama at 2:51 PM on Jan. 29, 2009

  • heatherama, do some research on your new state representative named Gunn.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:07 PM on Jan. 29, 2009

  • I was a paralegal in the Army for five years and worked on several cases that came before Judge Pohl in Iraq. He struck me as fair and rational, and I am glad to see that he is not letting himself be intimidated by the leader of another branch of the government. That's why we have the checks and balances that are built into the Constitution--to prevent one branch from overwhelming the others. No matter what political party you belong to, it should make you happy that we have leaders who are thoughtful and rational, instead of just blindly acquiesing to what others want them to do.

    bethany169

    Answer by bethany169 at 3:18 PM on Jan. 29, 2009

  • wouldn't a brother of one of the victims benefit from the trial proceeding and NOT being delayed?

    i visited anton gunn's page, i like his education proposals.
    heatherama

    Answer by heatherama at 3:20 PM on Jan. 29, 2009

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