White House unveils plan for closing military prison at Guantanamo Bay

President Obama is hoping to fulfill his promise to shut the facility, but will need to win over opponents on Capitol Hill.

Source: White House unveils plan for closing military prison at Guantanamo Bay – The Washington Post

Take away: Obama is completely out of touch with constitutional values. He thinks the debate is about Quantanamo when it is really about habeas corpus. Since Obama was once a constitutional scholar, I can only assume that he is willfully directing our nation toward dictatorship and tyranny.

There is no place in Western values for indefinite detention without trial.

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The Bill of Rights: Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

via The Bill of Rights (including the Preamble to the Bill of Rights).

A common sense reading would seem to indicate that electronic communications would be included under “papers” and location information would be included under “persons”. Note that there is no clause that adds “except when the president decides it is in the national interest”. In fact there is no exception clause but for a duly issued warrant.

Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. –Ben Franklin

Is Barack Obama an imperial president?

Is Barack Obama an imperial president? – CSMonitor.com.

The short answer is, yes.  The sort that Nixon could only dream of.

Added to the Commander in Chief’s power grab is Harry Reid’s (D) ending the filibuster in the Senate, and it creates the sort of background in which we slip away from our democratic ideals. Odds are the Republicans will re-gain power some day…and they will run rough shod over us on the basis of Obama’s power grab. For such a smart guy, Obama sure seems short-sighted.

Fla. pastor arrested as he prepped to burn Qurans

Fla. pastor arrested as he prepped to burn Qurans.

I think if the guy wants to burn Qurans, then he has a Constitutional right to do so.  I personally do not agree with these sorts of actions, but I also recognize that it is not popular speech that needs protecting.

The guy is obviously deranged. But to say that he can’t have his 1st amendment rights because of what some other nut might do in response is misguided at best.