Monday, November 10, 2008
The AP reports that advisers to President-Elect Obama are considering plans to close Guantanamo. Under the plan, detainees would either be shipped to the U.S. for criminal trial, released, or tried before a new court designed to deal with "sensitive national security cases." According to the report, the plan drew criticism from some detainee lawyers and skepticism from some Democrats.
On a different topic, The New York Times reports that Obama is "poised to move switftly" to reverse course on stem-cell research, expansion of oil and gas drilling, and other executive actions by the Bush administration. (I posted last week on midnight regulations in the Bush administration here.) The article, quoting Podesta:
"There’s a lot that the president can do using his executive authority without waiting for Congressional action, and I think we’ll see the president do that,” John D. Podesta, a top transition leader, said Sunday. “He feels like he has a real mandate for change. We need to get off the course that the Bush administration has set."