Judge finds Obama’s arguments “unpersuasive”

A military judge has thrown a curve into the Obama administration’s plan to suspend legal proceedings at Guantanamo Bay, denying the government’s request to delay the case of a detainee accused of planning the 2000 attack on the USS Cole.

To halt proceedings for 120 days, as Obama wants in order to conduct a review, the Pentagon may now be forced to temporarily withdraw charges against Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri and possibly 20 other detainees facing trial in military commissions, including Khalid Sheik Mohammed, self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Nashiri, a Saudi citizen of Yemeni descent, is facing arraignment Feb. 9 on capital charges relating to the al-Qaida strike on the Cole in Yemen that killed 17 U.S. service members and injured 50 others in October 2000.

Army Col. James Pohl, chief military judge at the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, said that he found the government’s arguments “unpersuasive” and that the case will go ahead because “the public interest in a speedy trial will be harmed by the delay in the arraignment.”

The Washington Post article is here.

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5 Responses to Judge finds Obama’s arguments “unpersuasive”

  1. Army of One says:

    Army Col. James Pohl is an American hero, Glad he hasn’t fallen for the Obama two-step.

  2. Justin says:

    For the judge to declare the case will go ahead because “the public interest in a speedy trial will be harmed by the delay in the arraignment” tells me this man has good sense. Bravo, Judge Pohl! I thank you for myself, my wife and on behalf of our children and any they may eventually have.

  3. RA says:

    Good on Pohl for doing what’s right.

  4. Tracy says:

    Thanks for putting “we the people” first Judge Pohl! King Hussein can take his attempted decrees elsewhere-I love it!

    BO won’t be satisfied until he springs these murderers.

  5. Ted says:

    The Joint Chiefs of Staff HAVE AN ABSOLUTE CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY to stand behind Guantanamo Military Judge James Pohl UNTIL OBAMA OVERCOMES “RES IPSA LOQUITUR” BY SUPPLYING HIS LONG FORM BIRTH CERTIFICATE AND PROVING HIS ELIGIBILITY TO BE PRESIDENT UNDER ARTICLE 2 OF THE US CONSTITUTION.