[quote=“CBC: Prosecutors request suspension of Guantanamo trials on order from Obama”]Military prosecutors have requested a suspension of all trials at Guantanamo Bay at the behest of newly installed U.S. President Barack Obama.
Obama verbally requested a 120-day continuance in the trials through U.S. Secretary of Defence Robert Gates, according to a spokesman for the military commissions at the U.S. naval base in Cuba.
Prosecutors then filed the request with judges hearing the cases of Canadian Omar Khadr and five men accused in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
“In the interests of justice, and at the direction of the president of the United States and secretary of defence, the government respectfully requests the military commission grant a continuance of the proceedings… until 20 May,” states the motion, filed late Tuesday.[/quote]Khadr’s the only remaining Western citizen in that legal black hole. According to his lawyer, he could be back in Canada if Harper so much as ‘picked up the phone.’
Also good, a touch of realism:
[quote=“New WH site offers candid bios”]The new White House website debuted Tuesday with several surprisingly candid biographies of the nation’s presidents and first ladies.
The site puts a journalistic spin on previous presidents, assessing their weaknesses and strengths and wavering between critical and kind.
Consider a few.
Why Jimmy Carter was a one-term president: “Jimmy Carter aspired to make Government ‘competent and compassionate,’ responsive to the American people and their expectations. His achievements were notable, but in an era of rising energy costs, mounting inflation, and continuing tensions, it was impossible for his administration to meet these high expectations.”
Bill Clinton’s low point (detailed in a slightly jumbled passage): “In 1998, as a result of issues surrounding personal indiscretions with a young woman White House intern, Clinton was the second U.S. president to be impeached by the House of Representatives.”
How George H.W. Bush lost the presidency: “Despite unprecedented popularity from this military and diplomatic triumph, Bush was unable to withstand discontent at home from a faltering economy, rising violence in inner cities, and continued high deficit spending. In 1992 he lost his bid for reelection to Democrat William Clinton.
Although a different section of the website criticizes George W. Bush for his administration’s “unconscionable ineptitude” in responding to Hurricane Katrina, there is no mention of Katrina in Bush’s official biography.[/quote]
Lots more here: Politico 44.