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    Morning Bell: Politics Before Justice at Obama's DOJ

    On Friday of last week, following the announcement that Attorney General Eric Holder would appoint a prosecutor to re-investigate the CIA’s treatment of detainees, former Vice President Dick Cheney taped an interview with Fox News. During the interview, which aired yesterday on Fox News Sunday, Cheney describes Holder’s decision as … More

    Justice Under Holder: Let Gore Go But Crucify CIA

    Earlier this may, Attorney General Eric Holder testified before the House Judiciary Committee. He was questioned by former California Attorney General and Congressman Dan Lungren (R-CA) and former Texas trial judge, and Congressman Louis Gohmert (R-TX) about waterboarding and torture. Lungren and Gohmert both trapped Holder into admitting that successfully … More

    Six Reasons Holder Should Not Re-Investigate CIA

    According to a report this afternoon from The Washington Post, Attorney General Eric Holder has decided to appoint a prosecutor to re-examine whether there is enough evidence to launch a full-scale criminal investigation of current and former CIA personnel who may have broken the law in their dealings with detainees. … More

    Guantanamo Bay: Why the Rush?

    On January 22nd, President Obama vowed to close the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba by January 2010. The Washington Post reports today that the Administration is now considering moving prisoners from Guantanamo Bay to a maximum-security facility in the United States that would be jointly run by the … More

    The Law Enforcement Approach to Terrorists Poses Serious Challenges

    If the experience of our closest allies in the war against terrorists is any indication, taking a pure law enforcement approach is dangerous, ill-advised, and might not bear much fruit. In the United Kingdom, of the 1,471 individuals arrested for alleged terrorist acts since September 11, 2001, only 340 suspects … More

    EU May Take Dozens of Gitmo Detainees

    According to an AP story today reprinted in the Miami Herald, European Union countries are likely to take in several dozen Guantanamo Bay detainees. Czech Interior Minister Martin Pecina spoke for the 27-nation bloc of interior ministers saying that it would be up to each individual government to decide whether … More

    Cheney's Detainee Speech: Obama Got His Answer

    Former Vice President Dick Cheney offered a straight-forward, no nonsense appraisal of what the Bush administration did in the wake of 9/11 and why. He detailed their strategic overview in plain language and without apology. He answered all of the indictments from President Barack Obama’s immediately preceding speech at the … More

    Liveblogging Obama’s Detainee Speech: Continuity You Can Believe In

    There is far more continuity than change in the detention policies between the administrations-by not admitting that the president risks compromising his credibility.

    Liveblogging Obama’s Detainee Speech: Obama Can't Stop Campaigning

    When will the president realize he can’t govern by continuing to run a campaign against the last president? Obama faces the challenges as Bush. In the end, he is adopting many of the same policies….why can’t just admit that. Moving prisoners from GITMO, for example, just changes geography it is … More

    Liveblogging Obama’s Detainee Speech: I Didn't Do It

    Now we have gotten to the Bart Simpson part of the speech “I didn’t do it.” Obama simply condemns the previous administration policies….but if the way forward is so easy why did the Senate just reject his plan to close GITMO? Why did Congressional leaders from both political parties approve … More