WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama on Monday approved the resumption of military trials for detainees at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, ending a two-year ban.The approval was the latest acknowledgement that the detention facility Mr. Obama had vowed to shut down within a year of taking office will remain open for some time."I strongly believe that the American system of justice is a key part of our arsenal in the war against al-Qaida and its affiliates, and we will continue to draw on all aspects of our justice system—including Article III courts—to ensure that our security and our values are strengthened," the president said in a statement. Article III courts are military commissions.Under Mr. Obama's order, Defense Secretary Robert Gates will rescind his January 2009 ban on bringing new cases against the terrorism suspects at the detention facility.Closure of the facility has become untenable because of questions about where terrorism suspects would be held.
March 7, 2011
Guantanamo Remains Open - Reality Trumps Campaign Promises
Will his supporters realize, As Obama has, that confirmed terrorists must be kept out of circulation and tried for their crimes by military tribunals? Obama's campaign promise was nothing more than unrealistic vote-getting rhetoric. Far too many people fell for it.
Now, he should really get serious and appoint a new Attorney General to replace the hapless Eric Holder who wanted to hold civilian trials for terrorists in New York. What a foolish proposal.
Radical Islamic terrorists are evil people rightly named enemy combatants who should be tried as such.