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The time to speak on this injustice is coming, and people wonder what Teh One will speak – which right here tells me there’s a problem

Just a month after President-elect Barack Obama takes office, he must tell the Supreme Court where he stands on one of the most aggressive legal claims made by the Bush administration — that the president may order the military to seize legal residents of the United States and hold them indefinitely without charging them with a crime.

I am afraid there’s no “present” button on this one and New York Times is not all that optimistic on the side Teh One will pick

The new administration’s brief, which is due Feb. 20, has the potential to hearten or infuriate Mr. Obama’s supporters, many of whom are looking to him for stark disavowals of the Bush administration’s legal positions on the detention and interrogation of so-called enemy combatants held at Navy facilities on the American mainland or at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

So pessimistic in fact, they create a new word

And staying the course in the Marri case would outrage civil libertarians.

Nice! So, now, not being fascistic makes me a libertarian? (a civil one as opposed to a rude one?)

“If they adopt the Bush administration position, or some version of it,” said Brandt Goldstein, a professor at New York Law School, “it is going to be a moment of profound disappointment for everyone in the legal community and Americans generally who believe that the Bush administration has tried to turn the presidency into a monarchy.”

What a roundabout way to say it: it will be the clear sign that Obama intends to keep that monarchy

“If, as President-elect Obama has pledged, the rule of law in America is to be restored,” Mr. Hafetz said, “then Mr. al-Marri’s military detention must cease and the lower court’s ruling upholding the president’s power to order the military to seize legal residents and American citizens from their homes and imprison them without charge, must be overturned.”

To be unveiled soon

An ironic tale of two incoming senators and the red tape battles readied for Tuesday

It seems that Al Franken’s road to the senate will be contentious all the way with

A Supreme Court order requested by Norm Coleman could change things, but the counting of wrongly rejected absentee ballots is to start today.

But since Franken is due in the senate on Tuesday, the GOP is preparing a welcome for him

Cornyn promises filibuster on Franken

The newly minted National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) chairman said he had not whipped votes in the GOP caucus, but added that he could not imagine any members defecting and seating Franken without a certificate of election.

Franken will not have that certificate as long as the election is challenged in the courts

And here comes the funny part as noticed by Firedoglake: Cornyn tactics are identical with those of Reid in his planned opposition to Burris:

The first thing the Senate leadership plans to do is to demand, under Rule 2 of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a certificate containing “the name of the person elected or appointed, the date of the certificate, the name of the governor and the secretary of state signing and countersigning the same, and the State from which such Senator is elected or appointed.”

So, they’ll errect a red tape wall against Burris…Unless baybe Blago was smart enough to take care of this one too

It turns out that Blagojevich–like every other Governor, I’m told–has a set of certificates that are pre-signed by the Secretary of State, to be used in the event of an emergency. If Burris shows up with one of those, the Senate leadership intends to reject it.

So now, with both parties prepared to use petty bureaucracy to block a member on the other side, looks like they are in check

Concludes Firedoglake

The Republicans have been planning to block Franken for some time, and Reid should have factored that in when he drew up his Burris game plan. Until Reid announced he’d refuse to seat Burris because he didn’t have a certificate, the Dems had an argument that the Senate Republicans were just playing politics.

Now they’re stuck trying to explain the double standard for Franken and Burris.

Harry Reid — played by Blago, played by Cornyn.

He’s a friggin’ Stradivarius.

Well, it’s a morality tale that to me only illustrated how much the Democratic party left not just its base but its principle. Once you steal an election for your predetermined candidate, what’s to differentiate you from the other guys? Other that, you now operate from Chicago – so the stench of all the goings on there will be imprinted on the party for years to come.


yet another hilarious development

If Roland Burris tries to enter the rarefied airspace of the Senate chambers, he will be stopped by armed guards.

Not Your Sweetie