Lock Em Up, Throw Away The Key, Says Judge To Obama

Every president reaches a point in his term of office when the Constitution must be upheld regardless of political consequences. In the 1950s, President Eisenhower who was not a fan of integration ordered troops to protect the right of Negro children to attend school in Little Rock, Arkansas. Today, Barack Obama has to decide if his campaign words were simply rhetoric to secure votes or did they reflect his legal training in protecting Constitutional rights. US District Judge John Bates said Congress gave the president authority to hold anyone for as long as he desired if they were considered to be linked to terrorist attacks. “The president has the authority to detain persons that the president determines planned, authorized, committed or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 1, 2001 and persons who harbored those responsible for those attacks.”

Once upon a time in America the president did not have the authority he determined were guilty of a crime since one was supposedly innocent until proven guilty. But, George Bush believes the president can do whatever he desires as long as he shouts, “9/11.” So far, Barack Obama has come across as “Bush-light” when it comes to issues related to the rights of people “charged with crimes.”

In November, 1943, in the midst of a world war, Prime Minister Winston Churchill said:
“the power of the Executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers, is in the highest degree odious and is the foundation of all totalitarian government whether Nazi or Communist.”

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