MILITARY TRIBUNAL UPDATE….The Bush administration wants to build a $125 million courthouse complex at Guantanamo Bay? That sure sounds like a great use of taxpayer dollars, doesn’t it?
You will be unsurprised, I’m sure, to learn that the Pentagon plans to do this without congressional approval. You see, they’ve identified “offsets” to pay for it ? though they aren’t really offsets since they expect Congress to restore them to full funding in the near future. Even Republicans who are used to rubber stamping anything with the words “national security” attached to it apparently think this is a rather cavalier treatment of Congress’s spending authority.
The Miami Herald has the full story here. The ACLU objects here.