Atlantic magazine opines that Obama POW trade "weakens the rule of law."
What's alarming is the unlawful way that the Obama administration carried out the swap. The law requires 30 days' notice to Congress before a Gitmo detainee is transferred or released. The White House has now brazenly flouted that requirement. And the precedent being set by Team Obama is problematic in the same ways as the executive-branch power grabs that happened during the Bush Administration. In fact, Senator Obama was a critic of the logic he has now shamelessly adopted. He decried signing statements, for example, but cites a signing statement of his own as if it is a defense against violating the plain text of what he signed.The illegality of the Obama Administration's actions is underscored by the way their story keeps changing. The White House began by hinting that the 30-day notification requirement is unconstitutional. But it is unwilling to press that claim. Its current position is that Congress didn't intend the law to say what it says.
It must be dawning on the media that in two years there could be a Republican in the White House and they need some credibility to go on the attack again.
After all, what's different about this time and the re-writing of Obamacare or Immigration Law or using the IRS to attack political enemies or stonewalling the release of information on Benghazi?