Professor Darren Hutchinson examines the military commissions Obama is establishing to try detainees, and finds that while there are some differences from the Bush tribunals, it is hard to conform Obama’s campaign promises with the current proposal:
As a Senator, Obama voted against the Military Commissions Act of 2006, and he successfully campaigned on the promise that he would would restore the image of the United States in the international community. Many liberals view the Bush administration’s denial of basic civil rights as one of the greatest blemishes on the image of the United States.
During his campaign, President Obama criticized the use of military commissions, rather than federal courts, to prosecute terrorism suspects. When he first took office, President Obama issued a series of executive orders, including one that imposed a 120-day stay on all proceedings in military tribunals while a task force studied and developed alternatives to the existing process.
Today, additional news sources confirm that the Obama administration will “stay the course” and utilize military tribunals, rather than federal courts, to prosecute accused terrorists.
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