Okay. The liberals in the bar last night were freaking out.
People were saying that Senatorial Democrats and President Obama are reneging on their promises to close Guantánamo Bay and move the detainees into our criminal justice system, after Obama announced the return of military tribunals, and the Senate pulled the money to shut down Gitmo.
The reason for both of these actions appears to be escaping the grasp of the media as well as all of my educated and supposedly enlightened drinking companions.
And no, it is not because anybody is scared that a Super Max prisoner might somehow escape, as the Lost in the Woods Republicans are maintaining.
The problem is that if we move the Gitmo prisoners back here, and plug them into our justice system, almost every one of them will have to be released over a lack of evidence.
When we and our allies grabbed these guys off battlefields nobody ever thought it would have to put together a case against them. Even the real "bad guys" have very little evidence against them. Oops.
So although there is zero chance that any of these
Enemy Combatants detainees would escape, there's a pretty good chance that we might actually screw ourselves into having to let them go. And no matter how much you love the Constitution, that would be a bad bad idea.
The funny thing is that if we had "winnable cases" against these guys, my post today would've been about how it would be better to bring them to a prison in Nevada, then the nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain.
Of course, the media hasn't figured this problem out yet: thank God we have a lawyer for President who is capable of looking at a couple steps down the road.