Monday, November 10, 2008

Rolling back the Bush administration

First step, close Guantanamo.
Under plans being put together in Obama's camp, some detainees would be released and many others would be prosecuted in U.S. criminal courts.

A third group of detainees — the ones whose cases are most entangled in highly classified information — might have to go before a new court designed especially to handle sensitive national security cases, according to advisers and Democrats involved in the talks. Advisers participating directly in the planning spoke on condition of anonymity because the plans aren't final.

That third group is going to be a tricky one, and I don't imagine the ACLU is going to be completely satisfied with a separate system... and personally, I think I'm going to need to be convinced it's really necessary... "national security reasons" has become a dirty phrase to me over the last 5 or so years, and I don't plan on becoming a true believer just because President Obama is saying it... but at least they're actively moving forward with a plan to end the torture regime.

It's notable that this is one of the first policy things that they are leaking word of... so it indicates they are intent on moving swiftly.