Monday, November 10, 2008

Obama ideas floating around the media

I really hate it when smart people have bone-headed ideas. The very thought of setting up yet another structure to deal with something that our courts were designed to deal with makes my skin crawl. If that idea makes its way up the chain we will be looking at least at another year before our innocent clients get the hell out of our gulag.

2 more on their way to Algeria (updated)

The DOD just announced two more men were sent back to Algeria:
Labed Ahmed, ISN 703. Camp 5 not cleared for release.
Abbar Sufian Al Hawary (ISN 1016). He was cleared for release.

So much happening in such a short time

Last week while I was visiting my clients at Guantanamo (after my election work for Obama) Judge Hogan entered the long awaited order sending the procedures etc for getting the Habeas hearings underway. He set very tight schedules and I will be leaving for DC later today to start doing my end on those schedules. Rumor has it that J. Hogan had this order ready quite awhile ago but that certain judges were sitting on their final approval until the results of the election were in. I don't know if that is true or not but it would explain alot. To catch up on everything that has been going on I turn to my friend Charly Gittings who did a great posting collecting all the sources. Unfortunately in my usual style I can't seem to get the links working on Charly's email so if you click on the title it will take you right to his site (Project to enforce the Geneva Conventions).


There's quite a bit going on these days; for the details, see the outstanding reports by Lyle Denniston at SCOTUSblog linked below.

But now the election has created a very interesting situation. In two months, the government's view of the law in these cases is going to change, and change a lot. The question is how much and how soon, and it's clear that DOJ is a mess that will require major house cleaning of both personnel and legal policy. It will be very interesting to see how the new administration deals with it.

Then there's DoD, and all I'm going to say about that is that I think it would be a VERY bad idea to keep Gates as Secretary of Defense -- DoD is almost as rotten as DOJ is.