Friday, May 15, 2009

Human rights groups blast Obama on military trials

Human rights groups criticized President Barack Obama for his allowing military commissions to continue trying terrorism suspects.

Obama spoke out against the practice during the presidential campaign, but the administration says that new rules will prevent abuses found in the former practice, and will give officials the option of a civilian or military trial.

"Statements obtained using interrogation methods that constitute cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment will no longer be admitted as evidence at a trial," said Pentagon spokesperson Bryan Whitman.

"It’s disappointing that Obama is seeking to revive rather than end this failed experiment. There’s no detainee at Guantánamo who cannot be tried and shouldn’t be tried in the regular federal courts system," Jonathan Hafetz of the American Civil Liberties Union told The Times.

“Even with the proposed modifications, this will not cure the commissions or provide them with legitimacy. This is perpetuating the Bush administration’s misguided detention policy.”

Human Rights Groups Blast Obama Guantanamo Decision

Voice of America - ‎53 minutes ago‎
By Al Pessin President Obama's decision to continue using military commissions to try terrorism detainees now held at Guantanamo Bay has surprised and angered human rights activists.


Attract Prosperity said...

2 shockers in about as many days. First the refusal to release the terror photos and now this.

Extreme individuals need to be brought to justice by any means necessary. The freedom which is afforded to all law-abiding citizens is a product of doing what might not be popular but what is right for the U.S. and its interests. If the ACLU attorneys always had their way we would live in anarchy. A nation of people with their own individually-decreed laws.

Congrats Mr. President. You went 2 for 2 this week :)


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