Sen. Fred Thompson is back in the game: he participated yesterday in one of the McCain presidential campaign’s conference calls with Sen. John McCain’s senior foreign policy adviser Randy Scheunemann.
The call was held to discuss Sen.Barack Obama’s recent remarks on terrorism and the Supreme Court decision in the Boumediene case last week to allow enemy combatants held at Guantanamo Bay the right to challenge their detention in federal court (Habeas Corpus).
“On the issue of national security, I believe that it’s very clear to me that it was a wrong decision of the United States Supreme Court,” McCain said Wednesday in Springfield, Missouri.
Obama, unlike McCain, supports the recent Supreme Court decision.
“This is a much broader issue than this specific case and something that we have been discussing in this country for quite some time…something that I think clearly shows the difference between John McCain and Barack Obama,” said Thompson.
Thompson said that the decision was “basically equating the rights of foreign terrorist held abroad with those of American citizens.”
“I think that Sen. Obama would do well to stop apologizing to the rest of the world for America’s attempts to protect itself during a time of war…it is basic lack of recognition of that fact we are at war,” said Thompson.
Scheunemann reminded those on the call that Obama supporter New Mexico’s “Gov. Richardson said yesterday that he disagrees with treating detainees as enemy combatants and treating them differently than defendants in typical criminal cases. Saying that he wants all the protections of the criminal cases not just habeas to be extended. The implications of this are breath taking.”
Scheunemann also commented on Obama’s statement Wednesday where he yet again reaffirmed his support for Osama bin Laden to have habeas corpus rights. Obama said we should not “make Osama into a martyr.”
“It seems to be that Sen. Obama is ruling out capital punishment were Osama to be captured alive… and I think that’s another reversal of a position he previously stated — years ago he opposed capital punishment — then he said he supported it for Osama — and now he expresses concern about making him into a martyr — so we’ve seen a series of confused and indecisive and troubling statements from Obama and his spokes persons against how to prosecute this struggle against radical Islamic extremist who wish to attack American and American interests again,” said Scheunemann.
“People say that everyone ought to be entitled to a hearing and so forth — what I don’t think that people realize is the array of rights and hearings that folks have” said Thompson
“Those folks equivalent to prisoners of war who themselves do not abide by Geneva Convention, who make it more difficult for us to properly determine who is an enemy combatant because they don’t wear uniforms in contradiction to the Geneva Convention to separate themselves out from civilians.”
Erick Erickson from RedState.com (a HUMAN EVENTS sister company) pointed out during the conference call that there have been few news reports in major media outlets on Sen. Obama’s support of this Supreme Court decision.
Obama has praised the ruling, saying it rejects “a false choice between fighting terrorism and respecting habeas corpus.”
Last week Sen. John Cornyn (R.-Tx) top Republican on the Judiciary Committee said that the Supreme Court decision on Gitmo is troubling.
“Upon initial review, the Supreme Court’s ruling is both troubling and disappointing. A slim, 5-4 majority of the Supreme Court ignored the informed wartime policy choices of both elected branches of the federal government,” said Cornyn in a statement released last week
“In 2006, 65 Senators — Democrats and Republicans alike — approved a carefully crafted law that provided these detainees a fair process consistent with America’s critical national security needs.”
This would be the 2006 Military Commissions Act which Sen. Obama voted against despite its strong bipartisan support.