The task force, set up on Obama’s second day in office, was charged with preparing a report to the president by Tuesday, July 21 outlining a long term detention plan for detainees captured in counter terrorism operations after Sept. 11. But continued debate within the task force over the legal basis for holding detainees who are not charged with any crimes—and where to house them once they are moved from Guantanamo—has forced the task force to postpone its report by a “few months,” a senior administration official told Newsweek.
A separate task force report on interrogations—also due this week—is being put off as well, said the official, who, like others quoted in this article, asked not to be named talking about private deliberations…
"Three administration officials familiar with the process said the detention task force, which is jointly run by aides to Attorney General Eric Holder and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, did agree that the Obama administration should continue to claim the right to hold some Guantanamo inmates indefinitely as “combatants” under the “laws of war,” without charging them either in criminal courts or in military commissions. That proposal is sure to prove controversial among human rights groups, which say any such “indefinite detention” violates civil liberties and is virtually indistinguishable from legal claims made by President Bush."
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 10:14 PM on Jul. 20, 2009
Answer by Carpy at 10:21 PM on Jul. 20, 2009
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Answer by agentwanda at 12:44 AM on Jul. 21, 2009
So is this Obama's way of saying GW Bush actually had justifiable reasons to keep these ENEMY COMBATANTS locked up?!?!?!? Must have just read the "classified memo!"
Answer by LoriKeet at 7:25 AM on Jul. 21, 2009
Yup Lori. I think It is... But notice it isn't being talked much about on NBC, ABC, or CBS news? hrmmmmmm SOMEone must want to keep it hush hush... I wonder who...
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:17 AM on Jul. 21, 2009