Skip to comments.Obama's invisible terror victims: Rights of detained suspects paramount in process
Posted on 06/22/2009 12:41:41 PM PDT by Sergeant Tim
[L]ast week, after more delays in the process, the administration called victims of the Cole, Bali and Sept. 11 attacks together again to receive an update about the work of the Detainee Review Task Force. The meeting was emotional and heart-wrenching.
Each person was given the opportunity to speak about the impact the president's decisions were having on him or her and loved ones. The brave families of our heroes showed true courage in that room. Once again, they had traveled to Washington to express their frustration at seeing justice delayed. If they were truly involved, and the administration were listening, the circumstances below - only amplified by the meeting - simply would not exist. ... The rights of detainees have overshadowed the rights of victims of terrorism. Not once during the meeting did task force members mention that they were taking the rights of victims of terrorism into consideration when deciding what process would ultimately bring these purported terrorists to justice. In a sickening insult to the families, the attorney general had one of his new Justice Department lawyers - Jennifer Daskal, former Gitmo detainee advocate for Human Rights Watch - sit quietly in the room listening to the victims' stories. [emphasis added mine] It could not be clearer that, to this point, the rights and treatment of detainees rather than of the victims have been of paramount consideration.
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Jennifer Daskal served as senior counsel (from October 2005 to as recently as last month) for Human Rights Watch and focuses on "issues of terrorism, criminal law and immigration." She made numerous trips to Guantanamo as her NGO's observer of Military Commissions and has made many anti-Gitmo and bleeding heart (for Gitmo detainees) commentaries in the media. Several family members who attended instantly recognized her and were very offended by her presence.
Commander Kirk Lippold is the former Commander of the U.S.S. Cole and is currently a Senior Military Fellow with Military Families United.
The left playing true to form. The criminals have the rights.