Hey, remember when they told us that if we voted for McCain it would mean 4 more years of trashing the Constitution by not granting suspected terrorist detainees due process and keeping Club Gitmo open? Well, they were right.
President Obama’s pledge to close the US terror detention camp at Guantánamo is now facing its most significant obstacle. On Wednesday, Congress gave final approval to a defense authorization bill that includes a provision blocking transfer of any Guantánamo detainees to the US – even to face a criminal trial.
At the same time, the Obama administration is working on an executive order authorizing the indefinite detention of certain terrorism suspects the administration deems too difficult to put on trial but too dangerous to release.
The combination of executive and legislative action suggests that Guantánamo may remain an important fixture in American antiterrorism efforts – despite assertions by Mr. Obama and others that Guantánamo has become an effective recruiting tool for Al Qaeda.
This confirms what we've known with respect to the show trial aspect of trying Khalid Sheikh Mohammed where both that miserable hack that runs the Justice Department and the President assured everyone they weren't actually going to release KSM back into general circulation even if he was found guilty in our civilian courts.
Tis not the season for schadenfreude, however, not being able to keep a campaign promise is one thing but backing off moral preening combined with the fact they didn't have a clue about the terrorist threats there at Gitmo and how most Americans perceived those threats is entirely another.
Maybe they did and it was merely audacious moral preening. Not sure what is worse.
H/T: The Liberator Today