Thursday, May 21, 2009

Obama wants the power for "preventive detention"

For years, The New York Times headlined the slightest implication that President Bush was becoming a dictator, using the most tortured logic outside of Truther websites. Now that President Obama is thinking about imprisoning persons for "preventive measures", they bury the story on page A-18.

Obama continuously critiques the Bush Administration on Guantanamo, "enhanced interrogation", and detention without trials for terrorist prisoners. So now we learn this.....

Hmmmmm, can we think of anyone that might be described as a possible terrorist that the government can't charge.....

Hope n change. Obama is SO worried about American values that we lost since 9/11.

President Obama told human rights advocates at the White House on Wednesday that he was mulling the need for a “preventive detention” system that would establish a legal basis for the United States to incarcerate terrorism suspects who are deemed a threat to national security but cannot be tried, two participants in the private session said.

They said Mr. Obama told them he was thinking about “the long game” — how to establish a legal system that would endure for future presidents. He raised the issue of preventive detention himself, but made clear that he had not made a decision on it.

“He was almost ruminating over the need for statutory change to the laws so that we can deal with individuals who we can’t charge and detain,” one participant said.

The other participant said Mr. Obama did not seem to be thinking about preventive detention for terrorism suspects now held at Guantánamo Bay, but rather for those captured in the future, in settings other than a legitimate battlefield like Afghanistan. “The issue is,” the participant said, “What are the options left open to a future president?”

h/t Hot Air

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