Friday, February 27, 2009
Holy Hopenchange, Batman!
The contrast between the Obama and Bush presidencies was bound to be startling, but it still is a shocker when the new administration does something so logical and legal as move ahead with the prosecution of a suspected terrorist in a civilian court rather than strip him of legal rights and leave him hanging in limbo.
Such has been the case of Ali Saleh Kahlah a-Marri, an alleged Al Qaeda "sleeper agent" who is the only so-called illegal enemy combatant imprisoned inside the United States, in this case the brig at the Charleston, South Carolina, Navy Base for the past five years.
It should be noted that Obama's hand was forced by a Supreme Court review of an ACLU lawsuit regarding Al-Marri's indefinite detention, but the change is welcome nonetheless.