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Monday, May 11, 2009

Easier Promised Than Done

Obama To Restart Bush-ear Military Trial System

USA Today, writes that the Obama administration looks to “restart the Bush-era military trial system for suspected terrorists as it struggles to determine the fate of detainees held at Guantanamo Bay and fulfill a pledge to close the prison by January.”

With no plan, no details, and left only with his campaign promises, Obama is beginning to understand the difference between catchy campaign rhetoric and reality.

“Paul F. Rothstein, a Georgetown University legal ethics professor, said the dilemma highlights differences between campaign rhetoric and the realities of the courtroom. "Once you become president and see the whole panoply of issued that you face, some of the things that seemed easy to promise or talk about during the campaign sometimes appear more difficult," Rothstein said Saturday.

More than 100 days removed from when Obama took the oath of office, human rights activists, liberal bloggers, and civil liberty groups are now realizing that Obama’s promise of change began and ended with the campaign.

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