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President Obama has been accused of a major policy U-turn after he decided to restore the controversial military commissions set up by George Bush to prosecute terror suspects.
The surprise White House announcement reversed his campaign pledge to rely on the conventional court system.
The move was last night criticised by human rights groups, who believed Mr Obama intended to dismantle the terror tribunals after calling them 'an enormous failure' during last year's presidential campaign.
It was the president's second U-turn this week, after he changed his mind and pledged to try and block the court-ordered release of photographs showing U.S. soldiers abusing prisoners.
In one of his first acts as president, Mr Obama obtained a 120-day suspension of the military commissions established at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. Last night, he was expected to ask for an additional 120-day delay in nine pending cases to revamp the trials.
But aides said the president now plans to retain the Bush administration's military commissions to try a smaller number of around 20 terror suspects.
The White House insisted that Mr Obama had not gone back on his word. Aides maintained the president 'never promised to abolish' military tribunals. He 'has always envisioned a role for commissions, properly constituted,' added an official. But critics said Mr Obama repeatedly called for change.
'Everyone knows the military commissions have been a dismal failure,' said Gabor Rona, the international legal director of Human Rights First.
Remember obama closing Ritmo statement? I don't see it happening as long as we still have trials over there. I can't believe that some of you still believe what he is saying.
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Obama's full of *****, he's a Chicago politician who sounds nice when he reads off his teleprompter and he took full advantage of how he looks, 69 million people fell for it and sent him to the white house, 62 million didn't fall for his bull*****.
Many in the 69 million very shortly will admit they made a big mistake.....
All you had to do to know that a tin god had been elected was to watch his groupies crying, blubbering and slobbering at his "Coronation"
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In The Absence Of Law And Order Society Will Surely Destroy Itself