The Obama administration has often promised a more open and less secretive presidency, but on May 28 Obama was again on both sides of the issue by trying to suppress in court Abu Ghraib pictures depicting abuse and rape of detainees in the war on terror. It doesn’t matter that the genie is already out of the bottle, as British newspapers have already published descriptions of the photos depicting female and homosexual rape.
The nomination of U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the U.S. Supreme Court is bound to produce some interesting confirmation hearings. There is definitely a fight to be made over the judge’s views on things like affirmative action and the role of the judiciary and whether she really believes that courts of appeals are “where policy is made,” which a YouTube video has shown her saying.
The New York Times published an article on May 20 that divulged that “an unreleased Pentagon report concludes that about one in seven of the 534 prisoners already transferred abroad from the detention center in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, are engaged in terrorism or militant activity, according to administration officials.”
President Obama announced the merger of the Homeland Security Council with that of the National Security Council in order to make Americans safer, he said. Also included are several measures hinted at but yet to be delineated.