One of 0bama’s first actions as President was to suspend (by Executive Order) Military Commissions / Tribunals for the war criminals the United States is holding in Guantanamo Bay. Having failed miserably in their (0bama and H0lder) attempts to move the prosecution of these war criminals to Federal Courts stateside, the Administration has very quietly reversed course.
By Ed Morrissey, HotAir 31 May 2011
The Obama administration has quietly refiled charges against Khalid
Sheikh Mohammed and other 9/11 plotters in the military commission
system. How quietly? The commissions office apparently only told the families of 9/11 victims about it last night, and news organization as of this morning are still not reporting it:
30 May 2011
Dear 9/11 Families,
We wanted to inform you that charges will be sworn tomorrow against
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Walid Bin ‘Attash, Ramzi Binalshibh, Ali Abdul
Aziz Ali, and Mustafa al Hawsawi for their involvement in the September
11, 2001 attacks. The eight charges common to all five of the accused
are: Conspiracy, Murder in Violation of the Law of War, Attacking
Civilians, Attacking Civilian Objects, Intentionally Causing Serious
Bodily Injury, Destruction of Property in Violation of the Law of War,
Hijacking Aircraft, and Terrorism.
The new action only restarts the process that Barack Obama upended in January 2009 by executive order:
Was this the change the advocates of lawfare were hoping for? Or has it just been a thirty month waste of time as a clueless President and his clueless Attorney General finally (reluctantly, as far from the public eye as possible) admit that the Bush Administration was (once again) right all along.