January 30, 2009

If Bush was still in office ...

... this headline would read "Judge Gives Stinging Rebuke to Bush." But, since Bush is now gone, it's "Guantanamo judge defies Obama."

The chief judge at the Guantanamo Bay war crimes court Thursday rejected President Obama's call to halt the prosecution of terrorism suspects, ruling that a delay in the case of a Saudi accused in the Cole attack would "not serve the interests of justice."

Army Col. James L. Pohl said the government's request to postpone until May the Feb. 9 arraignment of Abd al Rahim al Nashiri was "not reasonable."

Prosecutors and defense lawyers in the case already had agreed to Obama's request for a four-month suspension in the proceedings to review the military commissions process created under former President Bush.

Besides the misspelling of "Guantánamo" (note the accent, which ya'd think the LA Times, of all papers, would know about ... the NY Times got it right, dammit ... ok, ok, I know it's lame, but as a Spanish teacher ...!!), you might just wonder how in the hell can a judge defy the Commander-in-Chief??

Because Obama's "call," as the Times puts it, was a request, not an order.

This'll be interesting. If I were Obama, I'd make it an order. Abd al Rahim al Nashiri is one of the three folks the US has admitted to waterboarding, and if Obama is as firm against the technique as he claims, then he'd waste no time taking on Col. Pohl.

Posted by Hube at January 30, 2009 08:31 PM | TrackBack

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The Joint Chiefs of Staff HAVE AN ABSOLUTE CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY to stand behind Guantanamo Military Judge James Pohl UNTIL OBAMA OVERCOMES “RES IPSA LOQUITUR” BY SUPPLYING HIS LONG FORM BIRTH CERTIFICATE AND PROVING HIS ELIGIBILITY TO BE PRESIDENT UNDER ARTICLE 2 OF THE US CONSTITUTION.


Posted by: Ted at January 31, 2009 02:29 AM

The founders had it right ... thank God for separation of powers.

Hope they can hang on.....

Oh, and Ted ... try doing something constructive.

Posted by: Shirley at January 31, 2009 07:45 AM

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