Judge, Jury, and Prosecutor

A few months ago when the Supreme Court ruled that the prisoners held by the US military in Guantanamo Bay could challenge their detentions in US courts, civil libertarians received a small shot of optimism that the insanity caused by the War on Bad People might be dropping off. Of course, this hope was dashed by the announcement that the prisoners will only get to challenge their detentions in military tribunals. Well, civil libertarians, from what I gather in recent news about the tribunals we were right.

Not only are the prisoners prevented from having lawyers represent them, but ABC News reports that in one case "[t]he detainee asked to call three witnesses to support his argument that he was forced to join the Taliban, but the tribunal president refused, saying that wasn't relevant."

I suppose it's fitting that the camp is in Cuba.

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