In praising the Boumediene v. Bush Supreme Court decision that granted Guantanamo Bay (Gitmo) detainees habeas corpus rights and access to U.S. civilian courts, an unprecedented move, presidential candidate and historical revisionist Barack Obama said the following:
“...that principle of habeas corpus, that a state can’t just hold you for any reason without charging you and without giving you any kind of due process — that’s the essence of who we are. I mean, you remember during the Nuremberg trials, part of what made us different was even after these Nazis had performed atrocities that no one had ever seen before, we still gave them a day in court and that taught the entire world about who we are but also the basic principles of rule of law. Now the Supreme Court upheld that principle yesterday.”
Wrong, Mr. Obama. The Nazis didn't get access to U.S. courts, and they were not granted habeas corpus. They could not challenge their detentions, which is what habeas corpus provides for. The Nazis were tried by......wait for it..... INTERNATIONAL MILITARY TRIBUNALS held jointly by the USSR, the USA, France, and Great Brittain. The Gitmo detainees were also in process of receiving military tribunal hearings under the Military Commissions Act of 2006, before the liberal wing of the Supreme Court inexplicably declared those tribunals to be insufficient. In fact, the Nazis and the Gitmo detainees had virtually the same rights, until the Boumediene decision elevated terrorists and Taliban combatants to the level of American citizens.
What is strange here is that Obama supposedly taught constitutional law in Chicago, so he should know better than to make erroneous statements like this. I suspect he does know better, and is just playing his supporters for fools. Change you can believe in.
Speaking of Obama - the high priest of global warming, Al Gore, endorsed Obama for president the other day, in an event about as surprising as this morning's sunrise. Gore said something about Obama being for hope and change in his endorsement speech. Thrilling.
But wait, there's more Al Gore news. The Co2 scold, who has cashed in to the tune of about $100 million with his alarmism speeches, has retrofitted one of his mansions to make it more environmentally friendly after coming under fire for hypocritically using more energy himself than does your average small town.
The results of Gore's enviro-improvements ???
You're going to love this...
Gore is now using 10% MORE energy than he was a year ago, according to the Tennessee Center For Policy Research. Here are excerpts from their report:
“A man’s commitment to his beliefs is best measured by what he does behind the closed doors of his own home,” said Drew Johnson, President of the Tennessee Center for Policy Research. “Al Gore is a hypocrite and a fraud when it comes to his commitment to the environment, judging by his home energy consumption.”
In the past year, Gore’s home burned through 213,210 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity, enough to power 232 average American households for a month.
Since taking steps to make his home more environmentally-friendly last June, Gore devours an average of 17,768 kWh per month –1,638 kWh more energy per month than before the renovations – at a cost of $16,533. By comparison, the average American household consumes 11,040 kWh in an entire year, according to the Energy Information Administration.
You can't make this stuff up. More 'do as I say, not as I do' from the Algorean gasbag.
P.T. Barnum was right on the money.
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