Why does President Obama hate the Constitution?

Posted by: ST on February 22, 2009 at 6:41 pm

Via the BBC:

Detainees being held at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan cannot use US courts to challenge their detention, the US says.

The justice department ruled that some 600 so-called enemy combatants at Bagram have no constitutional rights.

Most have been arrested in Afghanistan on suspicion of waging a terrorist war against the US.

The move has disappointed human rights lawyers who had hoped the Obama administration would take a different line to that of George W Bush.

Prof Barbara Olshansky, the lead counsel in a legal challenge on behalf of four Bagram detainees, told the BBC the justice department’s decision not to reform the rules was both surprising and “enormously disappointing”.

The BBC’s Kevin Connolly in Washington says the move has angered human rights lawyers, with one saying the new White House was endorsing the view of the old one, that prisons could be created and run outside the law.

It is certainly evidence that having set the tone for his administration by announcing plans to close Guantanamo Bay, Mr Obama intends to adopt a much more cautious approach to the problem of detainees held elsewhere by the US military, our correspondent says.

But didn’t actions like this make President Bush a “war criminal”? Ed Morrissey elaborates:

Remember how the Left considered Bush a war criminal for taking this exact position? I’d like to see how they square the circle with Obama now. A few like Glenn Greenwald will rip Obama on principle, but the rest will suddenly discover the reasonableness of detaining terrorists and treating them not like burglars but like enemy combatants who have themselves violated Geneva Conventions through their terrorism.

Just as we did in the George Bush administration.

All statements from Barack Obama come with expiration dates. That’s something that the HopeandChangizoids have begun to learn just a month after the dawning of the Age of Obama. A lot of them owe Bush — and us — apologies.

I won’t hold my breath.

Cross-posted to Right Wing News, where I am helping guestblog for John Hawkins on Sundays.

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  1. I have to think that at some point the left is going to notice all this and will realize they’ve been had.

  2. Neo says:

    Oh, come on Barack Obama clearly doesn’t hate the Constitution, but he does think that it has been misinterpreted.

  3. proof says:

    Are you talking about that enumeration of “negative rights”? I think he swore to upend it!

  4. Lorica says:

    Yes and 1st and foremost that he is going to upend is congress shall make no law abridging the right of the people…. This is why we must vote down a Constitutional Congress each and everytime they want a new one. – Lorica

  5. Brontefan says:

    The signing of the Exec Order to close GITMO was a big show–to indicate he is nothing like Bush. However, when reporters asked him where these detainees would go–he has to ask someone else for the answer [then, he repeats it to the reporters]. Of course, he hates the constitution–he’s a Marxist. He has identified the enemy–and it is not Islamic terrorists–it is those of us who have achieved and gone after the American Dream. The left is busy drinking the Kool Aid and voting him the most admired man next to Christ.
    At least there is someone out there who understands the concept of “we can/you can’t” in politics. Birds of a feather. . . [Does this guy like the camera or what???]

  6. omapian says:

    Anyone who actually read the U.S. Constitution knows the document starts with “We the People of the United States…”
    It is too bad that the foreign nationals who would like similar rights don’t look to the Declaration of Independence and change their government (NOT OURS!):
    “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
    “That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these rights, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form as to them shall seem most likely to effect their security and happiness.”
    Unfortunately, our system of education spends greater effort on describing poor conditions in the third world to instill guilt among those who have taken steps to secure the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our prosperity.

  7. Neo says:

    voting him the most admired man next to Christ.

    Since when do Marxists give any weight to Christ ?

  8. Lorica says:

    Neo, Marxists love Christ, as a pure Marxist, but could do without Him as a Saviour. In the book of Acts it says:

    44All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need.

    This is the theory behind the utopia that is marxism. This is the qualifying statement that makes them believe that they do have a divine call. Scripture also says something about declaring your identity, but denying the power of that which you have declared. – Lorica

  9. Carlos says:

    Hey, he doesn’t hate the Constitution, he just thinks it needs to be tweaked a little. Like eliminating that pesky 2nd Amendment, modifying the 1st with the “Fairness Doctrine,” etc., etc. And he might get away with it, too, what with those being high on the list of those wonders of Constitutional law, the liberal judiciary (who, of course, all think they are supposed to interpret the law, not enforce it as it is written.)

  10. Obama hates the Constitution without a doubt. Then again as a foreign national that has supported murders like Odinga in Kenya, what would you expect?

    He’s been clear about his goals. The American People must fall before his elitist agenda can continue.

    I just hope the fools that voted him into office, who see him as a mesiah, come to understand their folly and that they’ve been had by a false paradigm.