Thursday, November 20, 2008

Wondering What The Conservative Response Will Be

The big news this afternoon: Judge orders release of five terror suspects at Gitmo.

In the first case of its kind, U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon said the government's evidence linking the five Algerians to al-Qaida was not credible as it came from a single, unidentified source. Therefore, he said, the five could not be held indefinitely as enemy combatants, and should be released immediately.

So to sum up, these five men were held prisoner at Gitmo for seven years because of a single, unidentified source. As someone who's spent a great deal of time defending President Bush over the last seven years, this is incredably disappointing, but not surprising given the news that's developed over the last several years. The left has taken all the moral authority on this issues because most conservatives have insisted on defending the President's authority to detain anyone. It's all too convincing when you're talking about terrorists, but the right turned a clear blind eye to the prospect that anyone detained may actually be innocent. I'm wondering what the conservative response will be to the news of the release of these men. Seven years isn't the case of the system just correcting itself, it's representative of a deeply flawed system.


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