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July 08, 2009

Obamahitler? Gitmo Detainees Might Be Held Regardless Of Trial Outcome

Dave in Texas sent this along with the note, "So this is what it sounds like when a few million lefty heads asplode".

Yep, pretty much.

Jeh Johnson, the Defense Department's chief lawyer, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that releasing a detainee who has been tried and found not guilty was a policy decision that officials would make based on their estimate of whether the prisoner posed a future threat.

Like the Bush administration, the Obama administration argues that the legal basis for indefinite detention of aliens it considers dangerous is separate from war-crimes prosecutions. Officials say that the laws of war allow indefinite detention to prevent aliens from committing warlike acts in future, while prosecution by military commission aims to punish them for war crimes committed in the past.

Johnson said such prisoners held without trial would receive "some form of periodic review" that could lead to their release.

We'll see if they have the guts to do that should push come to shove.

Right now though, that evil laugh you hear in the background? Dick Cheney.

It seems letting captured terrorists go free, might come back to bite you in the ass.

A former Guantanamo Bay inmate is leading the fight against U.S. Marines in the Helmand province of Afghanistan, a senior U.S. defense official confirmed to FOX News on Tuesday.

Mullah Zakir, also known as Abdullah Ghulam Rasoul, surrendered in Mazar-e-Sharif in Northern Afghanistan in 2001, and was transferred to Gitmo in 2006. He was released in late 2007 to Afghan custody.

Now as the United States is pushing ahead with the massive Operation Khanjar in the southern province of Afghanistan, Zakir is coordinating the Taliban fighters. Some 4,000 U.S. Marines and hundreds of Afghan forces have faced some resistance as they sweep across the province, reclaiming control of districts where Zakir and his comrades were running a shadow government.

Just a reminder not even Bush/Cheney got this right all the time.

Also: Brave, brave Taliban fighters escape...hiding among women and children.

U.S. Marines trapped Taliban fighters in a residential compound and persuaded the insurgents to allow women and children to leave. The troops then moved in — but discovered that the militants had slipped out, dressed in women’s burqa robes.

The insurgents, who may owe their lives to the new U.S. commander’s emphasis on limiting civilian casualties, were among hundreds of militants who have fled the offensive the Marines launched last week in southern Helmand province.

General McChrystal's counter insurgency strategy may make things harder for the troops on the ground. Calling in an air strike would have solved this problem pretty quickly but killing those women and children would have set the strategic mission back.

The enemy is adapting to the new US strategy, my guess is we'll see the US adapt right back.


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