Another deadline missed: Obama’s Gitmo task force won’t report on time tomorrow; Update: Delayed six months

posted at 9:21 pm on July 20, 2009 by Allahpundit

They “misread” how bad the economy was, they “misread” how recalcitrant Iran would be, and now evidently they’ve “misread” how complex the legal situation is at Gitmo and how difficult it is to persuade other countries to take detainees. I’m tempted to accuse them of not having misread anything but rather of having lied brazenly on the trail to raise voters’ expectations unrealistically of how easy governance by Hopenchange would be. But quite frankly, I like their explanation better. Good work, rookie.

The one thing they do seem to have settled on: Indefinite detention without trial is a go.

The task force, set up on Obama’s second day in office, was charged with preparing a report to the president by Tuesday, July 21 outlining a long term detention plan for detainees captured in counter terrorism operations after Sept. 11. But continued debate within the task force over the legal basis for holding detainees who are not charged with any crimes—and where to house them once they are moved from Guantanamo—has forced the task force to postpone its report by a “few months,” a senior administration official told Newsweek.

A separate task force report on interrogations—also due this week—is being put off as well, said the official, who, like others quoted in this article, asked not to be named talking about private deliberations…

Three administration officials familiar with the process said the detention task force, which is jointly run by aieds to Attorney General Eric Holder and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, did agree that the Obama administration should continue to claim the right to hold some Guantanamo inmates indefinitely as “combatants” under the “laws of war,” without charging them either in criminal courts or in military commissions. That proposal is sure to prove controversial among human rights groups, which say any such “indefinite detention” violates civil liberties and is virtually indistinguishable from legal claims made by President Bush.

The One can credibly blame Bush for the legal problems with detainees for years into the future, which should help cushion the blow for the left when he inevitably announces he won’t be able to close Gitmo in January like he promised. (As of this writing, they’re, ahem, still on track.) Plus, look on the bright side — at least this report is being delayed because it deals with difficult issues and not, as with the overdue budget report, because The One is cowering at the repercussions once it’s released and voters see how badly he’s failed. If only he were as cautious and diligent about, oh, say, the future of American health care.

Update: As for that task force on interrogations, don’t forget about the “classified loophole.” I sure haven’t!

Update: What’s wrong with this picture?

Senior administration officials said Monday that the report on detention will be delayed six months and the report on interrogation and transfer policy will be delayed two months…

Six months after President Barack Obama signed the closure order, fewer than 20 of about 245 inmates have been transferred out of the U.S. military base in Cuba. Currently, there are 229 detainees at Guantanamo, and the administration, by its own clock, has six months more to remove them.

Gitmo’s supposed to close in six months. They’re delaying the report on what to do with the prisoners until … the current prison closes?

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Mexico would loose their second largest source of hard (?) currency after tourism.

burt on July 20, 2009 at 11:05 PM

And drugs…

coldwarrior on July 20, 2009 at 11:07 PM

This president is going to run out of onion skins very soon…and then he cannot hide the stink anymore! My Grandma said that about Carter in 1978. If Grandma was still with us, I think she would say it again.

redwhiteblue on July 20, 2009 at 11:09 PM

Who wrote the recipe for this crap sandwich originally anyway?

[email protected] on July 20, 2009 at 11:19 PM

That mean bastard Obama. Those poor prisoners will be forced through the ordeal of 6 more months of steak, caviar and sauna baths.

MaiDee on July 20, 2009 at 11:19 PM

Shouldn’t the Neos be praising Obama because they want to keep the torture chambers up forever?

The Dean on July 20, 2009 at 11:25 PM

Hmmm… How to get rid of Gitmo…

Here’s the ticket — just leave Gitmo in the middle of the night, open the cell doors at sunrise and cede (give for those from Rio Linda) the Gitmo resort to Cuba…. What are the Castros for if not to wipe up after your messes…

droofus on July 20, 2009 at 11:26 PM


Where the hell is MB4?

Limerick on July 20, 2009 at 11:27 PM

I try to stay away from nutroots sites, but does anyone know if they’re howling about these items?

RightWinged on July 20, 2009 at 9:49 PM

Liberals selective outrage is about gaining political advantage and nothing to do with “truth” and “what is right”.

We are still in Iraq,still in Afghanistan,still using NSA wiretapping,rendition,enhanced interrogation,state secrets,signing statements…on …and …on…and…on with not one single liberal organizing all the “war crime” protests in the streets that were so prevalent when Bush was President.

No anti-war protests when Clinton launched his war in Bosnia without UN approval and inflated genocide numbers.

No major anti-war protests for years while Lyndon Johnson launched us into Vietnam.
Nixon was in the White House only 3 months before Time Magazine declared Vietnam “Nixon’s quagmire” and by the end of the year,liberals organized anti-war rallies by the hundreds of thousands.

It’s all about demonizing their political opponents with liberals, not about “peace and love”.

I would not be surprised if the delays in the Gitmo problem Obama has his administration in is due to Holder launching a special prosecutor to go after Bush/Cheney so they can change the argument and move the polls in their favor on this issue.

That is the only issue liberals have now and have had for the last few years to work for them….”I hate Bush”.

They obviously have no coherent or viable answers for our domestic and international challenges.

Baxter Greene on July 20, 2009 at 11:28 PM

I’m tempted to accuse them of not having misread anything but rather of having lied brazenly on the trail to raise voters’ expectations unrealistically of how easy governance by Hopenchange would be.

When you run a campaign on nothing but words, expect empty promises.

FontanaConservative on July 20, 2009 at 11:29 PM

“I’ll take lied brazenly for $200,000,000,000,000”

I’ll call your $200 T and raise you $20 T on both lied brazenly and too stupid to recognize their ignorance and shortcomings.

burt on July 20, 2009 at 11:30 PM

Gitmo’s supposed to close in six months. They’re delaying the report on what to do with the prisoners until … the current prison closes?

Well, of course. Barry’s already figured out, between the Stimulus passage and the pushback on ObamaCare, that the only way he can pass legislation is to wrap it in the mantle of an “emergency.” Which means that the report will come out about a week before the prison is to be closed. Oh, whatever shall we do with the prisoners? I know, let’s put them in mainland US prisons! Bonus points if the administration offers critics, as “Plan B,” the option of shipping them back to where we captured them – and releasing them.

When Barry took the oath of office, he should’ve swapped “Hail to the Chief” for the “Liberty Bell March.” Monty Python version, if possible.

Blacksmith on July 20, 2009 at 11:31 PM

You know, when I’m late for shit, I have a stress reduction technique that I use. Instead of doing the math and calculating my estimated time of arrival, I look at my watch and say, “Hey, I’m not late yet!”

Even though an on-time arrival might require a high multiple of light speed, it is unequivocal that until you are late you are not late! So, relax. No more speeding down the freeway or running red lights, Mr. President. You have until December 31 at 23:59:59 to shut down Gitmo before you’re actually LATE.

With any luck, you’ll be tarred and feathered for your much bigger problems by then. Hell, you might die on an aneurysm by then when the tough questions from the MSM finally begin! Take heart, and chill. Anything could happen.

PD Quig on July 20, 2009 at 11:36 PM

Delays are Mr. Obama’s pattern when he doesn’t like what he sees. He “hopes” the “change” will come. It won’t, no matter how he gets his think tank to spin it.

Miss Molly on July 20, 2009 at 11:41 PM

Gitmo’s supposed to close in six months. They’re delaying the report on what to do with the prisoners until … the current prison closes?

Maybe there is enough time for the report to be posted on-line for 5 days of review before closure?

tomg51 on July 21, 2009 at 10:06 AM

They “misread” how bad the economy was, they “misread” how recalcitrant Iran would be, and now evidently they’ve “misread” how complex the legal situation is at Gitmo

I guess you could say they’re a bunch of misconstrued miscreants. What could go wrong?

scalleywag on July 21, 2009 at 10:22 AM

January 20, 2010: Open the gates of Gitmo and let the prisoners invade Cuba from the east. Bay of Pigs II, let Fidel deal with them, raising an army among everyone wearing a Che Guevara T-shirt.

Just reinforce the Coast Guard patrols in the Florida Straits…

Steve Z on July 21, 2009 at 10:43 AM

I am a construction consultant for large construction projects. The Navy and COE require what I do for a living. I have 9 projects at the Guantanamo Naval base. One of the projects is building a ATFP fence around Camp Delta or “the prison” The Anti Terror fence project has just started to be built. I have been telling people ever since Barry started campaigning on this prison closure that the prison will not be closed due to the fact that there is and are sill many projects that pertain to the prison to be finished. The place is not closing. The new fence around the prison is not due to be finished until Jan 2011. I know this because I am the one who tells the contractor how long it will take to finish the project.

SAMIAMJAX on July 21, 2009 at 10:55 AM

Well, it’s going to be hard to compare Obama to Hitler.

He can’t even make the trains run on time.

Hope! Change! Transparency!

cs89 on July 20, 2009 at 11:03 PM

Obama got the “pageantry” thing down pretty good though.

David2.0 on July 21, 2009 at 11:16 AM

Sign this petition to transfer the GITMO detainees to a federal prison, 6.5 miles away from Hollywood, CA.

jjrakman on July 21, 2009 at 11:23 AM

jjrakman on July 21, 2009 at 11:24 AM

jjrakman on July 21, 2009 at 11:24 AM

Why grant the Gitmo detainees the same judicial rights as American citizens? This would be the result if any or all of them landed on US soil. Those who committed acts of terrorism/violence/broke the law within the US…yeah, they get to go to court. But those who committed such acts outside the United States?

Read Johnson v. Eisntrager.

coldwarrior on July 21, 2009 at 12:14 PM

Are we starting to bear witness to the fastest self destruction of a Presidency ever? I hope so…afterall, pride comes before the fall.

Wyznowski on July 21, 2009 at 12:33 PM

Brings to mind this parody: “Obama Responds to Demands for Specific Plans to Close the GITMO Detention Facility by Unveiling Detailed Diagrams of His Complex Sentence Structures”

Mervis Winter on July 21, 2009 at 12:37 PM

They’re setting up another rush job like the porkulus cap and tax and health care dystopic legislation. The Obamessiah will say on January 3, 2010, that the report is ready Gitmo must close and it must be done by January 21,2010 so that he will keep his word and E/O. Then the leadership in Congress will pass another unread bill in the dead of night doing the dirty for Obama.

eaglewingz08 on July 21, 2009 at 12:41 PM

sent them all to sean penns house with a $10 bill and a burrito.

workingforpigs on July 21, 2009 at 12:44 PM

Very hard to vote present when you are the president it seems. Unless you just OK Pelosi’s agenda and blame it on the bush administration which seems to be the pattern with this guy. Very time he opens his mouth, I lose more clients and business. I wish he would shut up.

workingforpigs on July 21, 2009 at 12:46 PM


bluegrass on July 22, 2009 at 9:21 AM