Obama’s View on Power Over Detainees Will Be Tested Early – NYTimes.com

By | January 3, 2009

Just a month after President-elect Barack Obama takes office, he must tell the Supreme Court where he stands on one of the most aggressive legal claims made by the Bush administration — that the president may order the military to seize legal residents of the United States and hold them indefinitely without charging them with a crime.

… Many legal experts say that all of the new administration’s options in Mr. Marri’s case are perilous. Intelligence officials say he is exceptionally dangerous, making deportation problematic.

Trying him on criminal charges could be difficult, too, in part because some of the evidence against him may have been obtained through torture and would not be admissible.

And staying the course in the Marri case would outrage civil libertarians.

via Obama’s View on Power Over Detainees Will Be Tested Early – NYTimes.com.

Obama is taking an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution, right? This “exceptionally dangerous” thing is absurd. Ordinary courts and max security prisons have worked in the USA for years to contain the most vile of mass murderers. Stop torturing people and uphold the law. And let Marri try a singing career instead? Watch out John Oates, this extremely dangerous guy with extra wide photoshopped cheeks is trying to horn in on your 1980’s look.

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