Graph of the Day for February 12, 2010

"We may not have realized it at the time, but in the period from late 2001-January 19, 2009, this country was a dictatorship. The constitutional rights we learned about in high school civics were suspended."  Scott Horton, George W. Bush's Disposable Constitution, Harpers Magazine.

"The most important thing for the public to understand is we're not handling any of these cases any different than the Bush administration handled them all through 9/11."  President Obama.

Source:  Footnote TV.

Hoven's Index for February 12, 2010

Number of detainees released from Gitmo as of May 2009:  534

Number believed to have returned to terrorism or militant activity:  74

Number confirmed (by DNA, etc.) to have returned to terrorism:  29

Number of Gitmo detainees as of January 2010:  196

Number of those who "should be held indefinitely without trial under the laws of war, according to Obama administration officials":  50

Sources:  New York Times and The Washington Post.

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