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January 25, 2009

Do As I Say, Not As I Do

President Loophole? Obama's personal brand of American Exceptionalism (in which every rule contains a handy exception - for him) is starting to make that look like a good moniker:

Publicly at least, President Obama has made a clean break with his predecessor's controversial counterterrorism policies, but in private the new administration is leaving itself some wiggle room. A day before Obama signed executive orders closing Guantánamo Bay and banning torture, the White House's top lawyer privately indicated to Congress that the new president reserved the right to ignore his own (and any other president's) executive orders. In a closed-door appearance before the Senate intelligence committee, White House counsel Gregory Craig was asked whether the president was required by law to follow executive orders. According to people familiar with his remarks, who asked for anonymity when discussing a private meeting, Craig answered that the administration did not believe he was. The implication: in a national-security crisis, Obama could deviate from his own rules. A White House official said that Craig's remarks were being "mischaracterized."

Oh, the humanity! But with graduates of the Gitmo School of Method Acting popping up like Whack-a-Moles lately, having a few loopholes around may come in handy:

On the video, al-Shihri is seen sitting with three other men before a flag of the Islamic State of Iraq, the front for Al-Qaeda in Iraq.

"By Allah, imprisonment only increased our persistence in our principles for which we went out, did jihad for, and were imprisoned for," al-Shihri was quoted as saying.

Al-Shiri was transferred from Guantanamo to Saudi Arabia in 2007, the US counter-terrorism official said.

The other men in the video are identified as Commander Abu Baseer al-Wahayshi and Abu Hureira Qasm al-Rimi (also known as Abu Hureira al-Sana'ani).

The Defense Department has said as many as 61 former Guantanamo detainees -- about 11 percent of 520 detainees transferred from the detention center and released -- are believed to have returned to the fight.

The latest case highlights the risk the new US administration faces as it moves to empty Guantanamo of its remaining 245 prisoners and close the controversial detention camp within a year.

Posted by Cassandra at January 25, 2009 08:56 AM

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In a closed-door appearance before the Senate intelligence committee, White House counsel Gregory Craig was asked whether the president was required by law to follow executive orders. According to people familiar with his remarks, who asked for anonymity when discussing a private meeting, Craig answered that the administration did not believe he was.

A non-answer, which triggers the question, "What *else* does the administration believe he has no legal requirement to follow?"

Posted by: BillT at January 25, 2009 10:20 AM

I wonder what part of recidivism and commitment don't liberals or other bleeding heart types fail to understand about anarchists of any political or religious persuasion?

Bill Ayers and Bernadette Dorn are unrepentant terrorists who, arguably, have changed the location of the battlefield from the streets to the classroom. Gitmo detainees, younger than Ayers and Dorn and others of their ilk, still prefer the battlefield.

Makes me wonder if their philosophy, whether it be murderous jihadism or rage against the machine murder, is simply blood lust looking for self-affirmation. In any case, once the taste for warm blood is innoculated into their psyches there is little chance of renouncing the blood sport.

They enjoy it and their apologists know it. The home-grown anarchists in the west know that their chances of being "Van-Goghed" by a rabid jihadist or being convicted of killing police are no better or worse than a chance to win the lottery.

This mentality of moral indifference and/or moral equivalency has a history that we are still talking about in the lead-up to WWII in Europe.

Is history repeating itself?

Posted by: vet66 at January 25, 2009 10:43 AM

So, you wonder why Obama has been the best gun salesman ever?

Posted by: Cricket at January 25, 2009 12:32 PM

Good point! Thank GOD for CCW.

Posted by: vet66 at January 25, 2009 01:16 PM

"What *else* does the administration believe he has no legal requirement to follow?"
Hmmm... Maybe Ron Howar... er Opie can fill us in on that in his soon to be produced film Limbaugh/BObama? Oh wait, that'll never happen.
"Is history repeating itself?"
It would appear so. In no small part due to the education of and interest in history of the population at large. Or as a fairly famous fellow once observed, "History is a race between education and catastrophe." H.G. Wells
"Good point! Thank GOD for CCW."
Exactly! Another one of those pesky little inalienable rights, that of self-defense, endowed upon free peoples by the Creator.

Posted by: bt_of-the-pinched-nose-voting-block_hun at January 25, 2009 01:50 PM

"Okay, Mahmoud, you're a free man. Yanno, just between us guys, we really admired the spirit of resistance you showed by flinging poo at the guards during every single tour, and we really think those acting skills when the ACLU lawyers visited belong in Hollywood. 'I'm only an illiterate goatherd, effendi!' You're a hoot, guy.

"Well, anyway, just to show we don't have any feelings of animosity towards ya, last night we took your pic and a brief statement of thanks for alllllll the information you provided us over the years and leaked it to Al-Jazeera..."

Posted by: BillT at January 25, 2009 03:24 PM

Yo Mahmoud, that's got to sting just a little...!

Posted by: vet66 at January 25, 2009 03:57 PM

Times must be tough for Abu, Abu, Abu and his other brother Abu. They must be struggling through hard times, poor fellows. It appears that they have to share a bandoleer and rifle for their appearances before their ever thoughtful and peaceful followers.

Maybe we can all make a pledge to BO, aka fearless leader. And in this spirit of the dawning of the Age of Aquarius, we will pledge to assist all the frustrated fanatical adherents to the ROP with a fund raiser in order to buy each and every one of them their very own purpose built sidearm.

I pledge to do what I can and I pledge to remind the recipients of these sidearms to focus on the front sight... And not leave the lights on... of course.

Posted by: bt_ready-fire-aim_hun at January 25, 2009 04:23 PM

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