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by Larry Tate on June 27, 2009

Obama wants to close Guantanamo Bay because of its association with the Bush brand. But he’s working hard to ensure that he can imprison anyone he wants, for as long as he wants, at some other location:

Obama administration officials, fearing a battle with Congress that could stall plans to close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, are crafting language for an executive order that would reassert presidential authority to incarcerate terrorism suspects indefinitely, according to three senior government officials with knowledge of White House deliberations.

According to some of “Obama’s top legal advisors, along with a handful of influential Republican and Democratic lawmakers,” Obama is considering the creation of a “national security court” that will oversee the detention of “detainees deemed too dangerous to release but who cannot be charged or tried.”

This is just arbitrary executive detention dressed in a black robe. You can call it a “national security court,” but it only exists to deny the right to a fair trial — you know, that pesky Sixth Amendment to the US Constitution and Article 10 in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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