The conservative group that’s been a thorn in the side of President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder is fighting to keep from being shut out of observing the trials of terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay.
In Judicial Watch’s weekly newsletter, President Tom Fitton wrote that the Defense Department will limit observation of the Gitmo trials to five liberal groups that have actively and publicly worked to have the prison closed.
The groups – the American Bar Association, the American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International, Human Rights First and Human Rights Watch – will, therefore, become the primary news sources for the proceedings, meaning the American public’s view of what takes place will be hopelessly skewed, Fitton argued.
At least that’s what the administration is planning, Fitton wrote, adding:
“Let me boil this down. President Obama has stated on a number of occasions that he intends to shut GTMO down. He said it during his first presidential campaign. He said it again the day he took office. And he said it again as recently as May 2013.
“Thus far, public opposition to the notion of releasing terrorists into the courts or onto the streets altogether, has prevented Obama from fulfilling this promise. In order to build his case, he needs to control the messaging coming out of the GTMO proceedings and persuade the public to adopt his anti-GTMO stance. The way to do that is to simply cherry-pick a group of ‘friendlies’ to ‘monitor’ and report on what takes place. It’s as simple as that.”
Since 2009, Judicial Watch has been at the forefront of virtually every battle between conservatives and the Obama administration: the Benghazi attack cover-up; election integrity; immigration enforcement; the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups; and the selective, possibly illegal implementation of Obamacare.
The terrorism trials at Guantanamo Bay are just another front.
In other countries, repressive governments limit observers of government trials to keep the public from learning about their abuse of the law so they can continue to use it as a weapon against “enemies of the people.”
But in the topsy-turvy world of the Obama administration, the real enemies aren’t the ones who plan terrorist attacks against American citizens, abroad or on U.S. soil. The real enemies are those who, like Judicial Watch, stand up for the rule of law.