Yet another Bush idea suddenly looks not so despicable now that he’s gone (New York Times via Jules Crittenden, emphasis added):
US May Revive Military Courts at Guantanamo
The Obama administration is moving toward reviving the military commission system for prosecuting Guantánamodetainees, which was a target of critics during the Bush administration, including Mr. Obama himself.
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Officials who work on the Guantánamo issue say administration lawyers have become concerned that they would face significant obstacles to trying some terrorism suspects in federal courts.
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When President Obama suspended Guantánamo cases after his inauguration on Jan. 20, many participants said the military commission system appeared dead.But in recent days a variety of officials involved in the deliberations say that after administration lawyers examined many of the cases, the mood shifted toward using military commissions to prosecute some detainees, perhaps including those charged with coordinating the Sept. 11 attacks.
“The more they look at it,” said one official, “the more commissions don’t look as bad as they did on Jan. 20.”
I eagerly await the left’s howling rage at this, but I won’t hold my breath.