Thursday, January 22, 2009

Today's Executive Orders....

1) "The individuals currently detained at Guantánamo have the constitutional privilege of the writ of habeas corpus."

>> The writ of habeas corpus is restored. We return, as a people and as a country, to the rule of law.

2) "The CIA shall close as expeditiously as possible any detention facilities that it currently operates and shall not operate any such detention facility in the future."

>>Not only does this begin the process of closing Gitmo, but it SPECIFICALLY enjoins the CIA from running any other site of this type - including Black Sites. Excellent!

3) "All departments and agencies of the Federal Government shall provide the International Committee of the Red Cross with notification of, and timely access to, any individual detained in any armed conflict in the custody or under the effective control of an officer, employee, or other agent of the United States Government or detained within a facility owned, operated, or controlled by a department or agency of the United States Government, consistent with Department of Defense regulations and policies."

>>The red cross can visit prisoners. No 'Ghost' prisoners. No 'hidden' prisoners. No more families not knowing where their loved one is. No one can simply be 'disappeared'.

Hooray for freedom.
Hooray for the rule of law.
Hooray for America.

The cynics were wrong. Sometimes government DOES fix what it broke.

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