Obama Administration Defends Stupid Counterterrorism Decisions, Again

Only this time, those decisions were made by his own Administration:

The Department of Defense said Monday it acted correctly when it barred three journalists, including Miami Herald reporter Carol Rosenberg, from covering military hearings at Guantánamo Bay.

But it left open the door to reinstating the reporters.

David A. Schulz, the attorney representing Rosenberg and reporters from Canwest News Service and the Toronto Star, had asked for a reversal of the coverage ban. The exclusion also affects a fourth reporter from The Globe and Mail who appealed independently.

“It is my determination that officials of the Department were correct to take the actions they did against these three individuals,” Bryan G. Whitman, principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for public affairs, wrote Monday in a letter to Schulz.

The stupid counterterrorism decision, of course, was to ban four journalists–including one who wrote a book on Omar Khadr and another with by far the most expertise on Gitmo–because they published the name of Joshua Claus. The seem to think people are too dumb to discover this stuff on their own. And it appears they’d like to avoid admitting that a guy who was convicted in relation to the death of Dilawar also implicitly threatened rape and death with Khadr. As a result, one of those acts which would, if done correctly, win some credibility with those we’re trying to persuade, is instead made out to be a kangaroo court where reporters are asked to purge their mind of all relevant knowledge when they walk in the trial room.

[Hi there Wheelheads, bmaz here - I am about to board the plane and Marcy is already in the air. We are going to San Francisco to cover closing arguments in the Prop 8 Gay Marriage case. You all behave, and keep the joint tidy. If there is WiFi in the plane I will post from there. Otherwise hoop it up and don't completely drain the liquor cabinet]

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bmaz RT @AlexLittleTN: @bmaz @joshgerstein @billingsgazette Really, really strong combo of back-to-back chief judges.
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bmaz @AlexLittleTN @joshgerstein @billingsgazette Yes indeed. And I think Thomas is the perfect guy to carry forward what Kozinski has started.
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bmaz @joshgerstein And an extremely bright one too. @billingsgazette
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bmaz RT @joshgerstein: Independent thinker RT @bmaz: Montana’s 9th Circuit Judge Sid Thomas to become next chief judge: http://t.co/UWomHdmerQ v…
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bmaz Sid Thomas is wonderful, and will make a fantastic Chief Judge. Still, I will miss Alex Kozinski. @joshgerstein @billingsgazette
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bmaz Montana’s 9th Circuit Judge Sid Thomas to become next chief judge: http://t.co/n37FGa0SEj via @billingsgazette
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bmaz RT @barrettmarson: If @BarackObama appoints @SenJohnMcCain to #SecDef then @dougducey can appoint @GovBrewer to the senate. #StartYourOwnRu
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emptywheel @MiekeEoyang Besides I think he'd be better off pursuing corrupt banks.
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emptywheel @MiekeEoyang True, but w/Levin you don't even have military service. I respect Levin--not saying he couldn't do it. Just that it's unlikely
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JimWhiteGNV It's clear that the 'Noles MVP this year is Rapeis' attorney.
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JimWhiteGNV I know. Instead of just firing Hagel, let's fire the whole fucking military-industrial-intelligence complex and start over, leaving $$ out.
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