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January 7, 2010 in Campaign 2008, Campaign 2010, Campaign 2012, Family values, Politics, socialism, Terrorism, Uncategorized | Tags: al qaeda, Barack Obama, detainees, Eric Holder, GITMO, Illinois prison | 1 comment
I guess they have access to the Weather Channel at GITMO:
The Irony of all Ironies: Lawyer of Gitmo Detainees Says They’ll Likely Sue to Stay In Guantanamo…
Buried in a blog item by Newsweek’s ace reporter Michael Isikoff is a bombshell. Appararently lawyers for Guantanamo detainees want to keep their clients in Guantanamo, rather than transfer them to the Obama administration’s proposed new prison in Illinois:
But the final irony is that many of the detainees may not even want to be transferred to Thomson and could conceivably even raise their own legal roadblocks to allow them to stay at Gitmo.
Falkoff notes that many of his clients, while they clearly want to go home, are at least being held under Geneva Convention conditions in Guantánamo. At Thomson, he notes, the plans call for them to be thrown into the equivalent of a “supermax” security prison under near-lockdown conditions.
“As far as our clients are concerned, it’s probably preferable for them to remain at Guantánamo,” he says.
The strident left-wing critiques of the Guantanamo facility have all centered around the fact that detainees there are horribly mistreated and conditions unbearable. But when push comes to shove, it would seem concerns about Guantanamo are overblown, and the prisoners there know that being held under the Geneva conventions outside the U.S. is much preferable to a maximum security prison in the U.S.
Telling Obama and Holder “No Thanks” and Why? Lawyer refuses to participate in Justice Dept. Detention Policy Panel
May 1, 2009 in Campaign 2008, Campaign 2010, Campaign 2012, Capitalism, Economy, Family values, Politics, socialism, Terrorism, Uncategorized | Tags: Attorney General Eric Holder, Barack Obama, detainees, enemy combatants, Eric Holder, GITMO, Larry Sinclair, Obama birth certificate, Pres. Barack Obama, President's Detention Task Force | 4 comments
Andrew C. McCarthy has respectfully declined to participate with the President’s Detention Policy Task Force, as he had been invited to do by Attorney General Eric Holder.
In his letter to the Attorney General, McCarthy writes:
Given your policy of conducting ruinous criminal and ethics investigations of lawyers over the advice they offer the government, and your specific position that the wartime detention I would endorse is tantamount to a violation of law, it makes little sense for me to attend the Task Force meeting. After all, my choice would be to remain silent or risk jeopardizing myself.
He ends his letter with:
“I am powerless to stop the president, as he takes these reckless steps, from touting his Detention Policy Task Force as a demonstration of his national security seriousness. But I can decline to participate in the charade.”
See McCarthy’s full details in his National Review article: