Did I sleep through acts of terrorism in the United States after 911?
The freedom from terrorists in post 911 America as a result of aggressive policies and proactive defense of our country's liberties from the Bush Administration somehow escaped Barack?
I'm not buying it.
At about 2:20 in the youtube,Obama announces that because there are some people who will never be able to be prosecuted for crimes because in some cases evidence may be tainted but who nonetheless pose a threat to the security of the United States - he proposes prolonged preventive detention plan.
Wait a minute....wasn't this his gripe about GITMO?
Obama goes on to say that "we must do this with an abiding confidence in the rule of law"
What rule of law and civil liberty imprisons people without evidence in order to prevent them from committing crimes?
He says his "administration begun to reshape standards that apply to ensure they are in line with the rule of law...we must have clear, defensible and lawful standards for those who fall into this category"
I guess that would not be the innocent until proven guilty category.
Obama continues with the ideas of the White House wizards:
"We must have a thorough process of periodic review so that any prolonged detention is carefully evaluated and justified"
If they're carefully evaluated the evidence and it's insufficient for a trial - Periodically reviewing it as you detain them can never be justified.
"goal - construct alegitmate legal framework for remaining GIMTO detainees that cannot be transferred. Goal is not to avoid a legitimate legal framework. In our constitutional system, prolonged detention should not be the decision of any one man. If and when we determine that the United States must hold individuals to keep them from carrying out an act of war, we will do so with judicial and congressional oversight...going forward, my administration will work with congress to develop an appropriate legal regime so that our efforts are consistent with our values and our constitution."
He's going to develop a legal regime?
A regime , as the MSNBC correspondent notes will be outside of the courts and outside of the military system so that you can indefinitely imprison people without charges and you will build this regime from scratch.
Is this the same guy who made assertions that Cambridge police responding to a 911 call and asking for identification were acting "stupidly" and racist?