President Obama on Monday cleared the way for new military trials for suspected terrorists at the Navy base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, while the White House insisted that the president still intended to eventually close the embattled facility.See, we clearly remember repeatedly saying the man was wrong, an idiot, and a liar, but somehow - over 4 whole years - the rest of y'all must not have heard,...probably too busy listening to yourselves jowl on. Whatever:
Obama lifted a freeze on new prosecutions under the military commission system that he put in place shortly after taking office in 2009, saying that the process, which had been heavily criticized by human-rights groups and other countries for a lack of fairness, had been revised to better safeguard the rights of detainees.
The president said his actions Monday "broaden our ability to bring terrorists to justice, provide oversight for our actions and ensure the humane treatment of detainees."
About 170 detainees remain jailed at the prison, down from 242 when Obama took office.
Shuttering the prison at Guantanamo and shifting cases to civilian federal courts was a bedrock promise of Obama's presidential campaign,...
Congratulations - again - to President Bush.