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Obama Violating Constitution on Detainees Plan?


MICHAEL RATNER, via Jen Nessel
The president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, Ratner said today in response to Obama’s speech at the National Archives: “The president wrapped himself in the Constitution and then proceeded to violate it by announcing he would send people before irredeemably flawed military commissions and creating a preventive detention scheme that only serves to move Guantanamo to a new location and give it a new name.” Ratner wrote the book The Trial of Donald Rumsfeld.

The managing attorney for CCR’s Guantanamo project, Kadidal said today: “Preventive detention goes against every principle our nation was founded on. We have courts and laws in place that we respect and rely on because we have been a nation of laws for hundreds of years; we should not simply discard them when they are inconvenient. The new president is looking a lot like the old.”
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