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Military Commissions

Original post made by jag singh, Los Altos, on Feb 23, 2008

The long term incarceration of six Guantanamo prisoners charged with conspiracy to commit war crimes has come to haunt the Pentagon. According to the Nation magazine, the trial might be rigged from the start to save the Pentagon the embarrassment of possible acquittals. The Nation reported a revealing comment made by the administration-appointed Pentagon General Counsel, William Haynes, to Colonel Davis, the former chief prosecutor for Guantanamo's military commissions. Haynes admitted that , "we can't have acquittals. If we've been holding these guys for so long, how can we explain letting them get off? We can't have acquittals, we've got to have convictions." It speaks volumes that Colonel Davis resigned from the military commissions in October 2007, decrying the system had become "politicized" and ineffective. Davis's comments cast a pall on military commissions clear bias and claims of ensuring fair trails. In view of Hayne's comments, the military commissions have been badly tainted and smacks too much of 'kangaroo court proceedings', rather than a system based on fairness and true justice. What is also most troubling is Hayes was an early advocate of using torture techniques and insisted statements made under extreme coercion could be used as evidence of guilt. Is it any surprise that the administration has been so reluctant to denounce the grotesque practice of water-boarding as torture?

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 23, 2008 at 5:10 pm

Fairness and true justice for POWs, a status these irregulars claim, is to be detained until the cessation of hostilities, so to any attorney who is worried about the length of detention, back to Geneva Convention one. The detention is not the punishment. My preference is to take no prisoners. Some, like me, believe military commissions may be closer to justice than civilian courts.


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Posted by give me a break
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 24, 2008 at 8:26 am

I have no doubt that the prisoners of Guantanomo would dearly prefer to be in prison in any dictatorship...NOT!

I wonder how democracy prisoners are treated by jihadists?? Oh yes! They can't tell us because they have LOST THEIR HEADS!

Unlike at Guantanomo, where the prisoners eat better than the military guarding them.

I would prefer they be treated badly instead of given rugs and Korans and great food, but fortunately for them they are being held by a civilized country.


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