Barack To Keep Bush Detention Policy. Wait, What?

Let’s see. After non-stop whining from Barack on the campaign trail, which, of course, he is still on despite winning last November, about the Bush/Rove/Cheney jihadi detention policies, what has Barry done? If you guessed “voted present,” give yourself a late afternoon shot of Tequila

The Obama administration has decided not to seek new legislation from Congress authorizing the indefinite detention of about 50 terrorism suspects being held without charges at at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, officials said Wednesday.

Instead, the administration will continue to hold the detainees without bringing them to trial based on the power it says it has under the Congressional resolution passed after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, authorizing the president to use force against forces of Al Qaeda and the Taliban.

In concluding that it does not need specific permission from Congress to hold detainees without charges, the Obama administration is adopting one of the arguments advanced by the Bush administration in years of debates about detention policies.

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Hopeychangey! The funny thing is, I bet McCain would have actually decided to not punt on 1st down and made some changes.

Of course, the Barry Admin is trying all sorts of equivocations, but, face it, The Grey Lady has called President Neophyte out.

Meanwhile, Glenn “Sock Puppet” Greenwald tries the “hey, this is a great thing” spin, adds FAIL tag (though, the judges do give him an 8.9, 9.2, 9.4, and a 4.3 (from the Russian judge) for spin attempt)

Victory on preventive detention law: in context

Regardless of what motivated this, and no matter how bad the current detention scheme is, this development is very positive, and should be considered a victory for those who spent the last four months loudly protesting Obama’s proposal. Here’s why:

Sock Puppet then spends paragraph after paragraph after paragraph bloviating in an attempt to spin this into something good despite being exactly the same position and policy as President Bush had. Of course, in reality, Obama is just too darned busy being President Rock Star to actually do the policy work after the speeches and Proclamations.

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