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Obama is Courting Disaster With His New Detention Plan

According to a new Washington Post/ProPublica piece, Obama is drafting a new executive order to reassert authority over indefinite detention.
 
 
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 The Obama administration is rushing towards a unilateral plan to imprison people without trial, according to a huge, new joint article from the  Washington Post and ProPublica. The proposal would completely cut Congress out of the process by using an executive order to essentially bring Gitmo stateside:

 

The Obama administration, fearing a battle with Congress that could stall plans to close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, is drafting 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. Such an order would embrace claims by former president George W. Bush that certain people can be detained without trial for long periods under the laws of war. Obama advisers are concerned that bypassing Congress could place the president on weaker footing before the courts and anger key supporters, the officials said.

 

That is a terrible idea. For its part, the White House dispatched aides to push back. From the article:

 

White House spokesman Ben LaBolt said there is no executive order and that the administration has not decided whether to issue one. But one administration official suggested that the White House was already trying to build support.

Ari Melber served as a national staff member of the John Kerry presidential campaign and as a legislative aide in the U.S. Senate.

 
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