The Democrat’s Candidate, Senator Obama, had of course promised to close the secret detention centers and, as regards Presidential war powers, had stated:
The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally
authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve
stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.
And I did (well, voted for Palin anyhow and the bozo who headed that ticket), and –Wonder of Wonders– They Were Right!
Taking the war powers issue first:
The Obama Justice Department produced a 14-page document
Thursday justifying President Obama’s war in Libya. The document
claims: “The President had the constitutional authority to direct the
use of military force in Libya because he could reasonably determine
that such use of force was in the national interest.”
The Justice memo fully embraces the President Bush administration view of Executive Power and directly contradicts then-Senator Obama’s 2007 statement
that: “The President does not have power under the Constitution to
unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not
involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.” On March
27th, Obama’s Defense Secretary admitted
that Libya did not pose an actual or imminent threat to the United
States and “was not a vital national interest to the United States.”
While I agree, and always have, with the Bush Administration’s views of the President’s war powers, Senator and Candidate Obama clearly did not. More importantly, President Obama has not explained to his employers (the People of the United States of America) why the war in Libya is in our vital national interests nor what factors led him to this road to Damascus change of heart.
Nor, when it comes down to the actual policy question, do I have any particular objections to the ongoing practice of secret detention and interrogation for terrorists and other illegal combatants:
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — “Black sites,” the secret network of jails
that grew up after the Sept. 11 attacks, are gone. But suspected
terrorists are still being held under hazy circumstances with uncertain
rights in secret, military-run jails across Afghanistan, where they can
be interrogated for weeks without charge, according to U.S. officials
who revealed details of the top-secret network to The Associated Press.
Pentagon has previously denied operating secret jails in Afghanistan,
although human rights groups and former detainees have described the
facilities. U.S. military and other government officials confirmed that
the detention centers exist but described them as temporary holding pens
whose primary purpose is to gather intelligence.
also has said that detainees only stay in temporary detention sites for
14 days, unless they are extended under extraordinary circumstances. But
U.S. officials told the AP that detainees can be held at the temporary
jails for up to nine weeks, depending on the value of information they
produce. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the
program is classified.
What I want to know is why these changes in policy came about. I want an explanation from our employee as to why he has altered his position so radically. I also wonder why the
rubes progressives who helped elect him are not demanding these answers of him.
Hat Tip to The Blogfather