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LibraryLady
07-17-2008, 12:56 PM
Judge rejects attempt to block Guantanamo trial


GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) A U.S. military judge has rejected another attempt to halt the first Guantanamo war crimes trial.

The Navy judge's ruling comes as a civilian judge in Washington considers a separate bid to stop the trial of Salim Hamdan.

Hamdan is a former driver for Osama bin Laden. He is charged with supporting terrorism and could get life in prison if convicted.

The ruling Thursday concerns the Constitution's equal-protection clause. Hamdan's lawyers argued the war crimes tribunal is unconstitutional because it does not grant him the same rights as a civilian or a traditional military trial.

It was the second time this week Judge Keith Allred rejected a defense challenge invoking the U.S. Constitution.

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jNTR5Iew08a5iIAP4Ky2bI9bra8AD91VN3780

Odysseus
07-18-2008, 12:43 PM
Judge rejects attempt to block Guantanamo trial
The ruling Thursday concerns the Constitution's equal-protection clause. Hamdan's lawyers argued the war crimes tribunal is unconstitutional because it does not grant him the same rights as a civilian or a traditional military trial.
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jNTR5Iew08a5iIAP4Ky2bI9bra8AD91VN3780

So, I guess that we owe all of those Nuremberg defendents an apology, since they were military tribunals, too.

Under the Geneva Conventions, we have two options with regard to unlawful combatants. We can give them trials under whatever procedures we deem fit, so long as it meets the due process requirements, or we can extradite them to the nations in which they committed their war crimes. If the military tribunals offend the delicate sensibilities of those who are more concerned with the rights of terrorists than with the rights of their victims, then let the ACLU argue their innocence in front of an Afghan court.