Friday, June 22, 2007

Guantanamo Forever!!11!

As I was preparing to leave work this evening, I came across this shocking, breaking AP story-
The Bush administration is nearing a decision to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and move the terror suspects there to military prisons elsewhere, The Associated Press has learned.

President Bush's national security and legal advisers are expected to discuss the move at the White House on Friday and, for the first time, it appears a consensus is developing, senior administration officials said Thursday...

...Officials familiar with the agenda of the Friday meeting said Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff, National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell and Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Peter Pace were expected to attend...

I emailed the story to myself to write about when I got home.

But when I got home and logged on, an updated version was up, and it reads-
...President Bush's national security and legal advisers had been scheduled to discuss the move at a meeting Friday, the officials said, but after news of it broke, the White House said the meeting would not take place that day and no decision on Guantanamo Bay's status is imminent.

"It's no longer on the schedule for tomorrow," said Gordon Johndroe, a spokesman for the National Security Council.
"Senior officials have met on the issue in the past, and I expect they will meet on the issue in the future."...

I guess the Associated Press scared them off. Loose lips sink ships, AP!

Here's my uneducated guess at to what happened... Some sort of deliberations about Guantanamo were planned by the relatively sane members of the administration-- I'm thinking Gates and maybe Rice-- and news was leaked in hopes of building support. But when the fascist authoritarian hardliners-- basically Cheney, Gonzo, McConnell, etc-- got wind, they put the kibash on the whole thing immediately. Guantanamo forever!

Here's the rescheduled meeting date... January 21, 2009. Secretary of State Biden presiding.


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