White House Drafting Regs for Indefinite Detention

Truthout reports the White House is drafting an Executive Order for indefinite detention of terror suspects. President Obama is expected to sign it early next year.

[t]he order establishes indefinite detention as a long-term Obama administration policy and makes clear that the White House alone will manage a review process for those it chooses to hold without charge or trial.

Sounds pretty much like the Bush White House. I'm not impressed by these mostly cosmetic changes:

If signed by President Obama, the new order will provide added review for detainees designated for long-term detention. The order, which is being drafted jointly by White House staff in the National Security council and the White House counsel, will offer detainees in this category a minimal review every six months and then a more lengthy annual review. Detainees will have access to an attorney, to some evidence against them and the ability to challenge their continued detention.

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    When the review is by the same branch that (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by ruffian on Tue Dec 21, 2010 at 07:29:57 PM EST
    ordered the detention I'm not impressed either.

    Right on target! (none / 0) (#9)
    by republicratitarian on Wed Dec 22, 2010 at 07:55:35 AM EST
    on indefinte detention, one that called for periodic judicial review, consistent with the Geneva Conventions, let me state that I find the floated EO to be an outrage and a war crime as a violation of the Geneva Conventions.

    I will be wrting a post denouncing the proposal tomorrow.

    can't wait (none / 0) (#6)
    by Jeralyn on Tue Dec 21, 2010 at 11:25:23 PM EST
    to read it.

    You're optimists. Really, you are. (none / 0) (#7)
    by Mr Natural on Tue Dec 21, 2010 at 11:55:15 PM EST
    But McCain would've been worse (none / 0) (#2)
    by Dadler on Tue Dec 21, 2010 at 07:33:03 PM EST

    Obama... (none / 0) (#4)
    by Anne on Tue Dec 21, 2010 at 09:05:31 PM EST
    Party of One?

    So, "the White House alone" will manage a review process?

    How very transparent.

    The totality of this makes my blood run cold.

    Julian Assange now knows what's in store for him (none / 0) (#5)
    by Dan the Man on Tue Dec 21, 2010 at 09:48:15 PM EST
    when he arrives in the US.  Heh.

    I wouldn't be surprised... (5.00 / 1) (#12)
    by kdog on Mon Dec 12, 2011 at 09:09:06 AM EST
    if some OWS folks find themselves in indefinite detention.

    The Obama admin...no hope, and can you spare some change?


    What a Day, What a Day, for O's Lettres de Cachet! (none / 0) (#8)
    by Mr Natural on Wed Dec 22, 2010 at 12:06:52 AM EST
    - sing to the tune of Auto-da-Fé, from Bernstein's Candide, the Musical, or to the funeral dirge of your choice.