Wednesday, August 06, 2008

His day in (kangaroo) court

Bin Laden's Former Driver Convicted by Military Tribunal -
A six-member military jury found Salim Ahmed Hamdan guilty of supporting al-Qaeda by driving and guarding the terrorist leader. The jurors found him not guilty of conspiring with bin Laden in terrorist attacks. The same uniformed jurors will hold another hearing Wednesday afternoon to determine a sentence.

With the conclusion of the trial -- the first by military commission since the end of World War II -- prosecutors can now move ahead with military trials forup to 80 Guantanamo detainees, including the accused planners of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Testing the system on Hamdan, by most accounts a low-level al-Qaeda foot soldier, was one reason for trying him first.
"Testing the system on Hamdan..." - y'now, take 'er fer a spin, shake the bugs out, get yer sea legs. Don't worry, next time'll be even better, you'll see - instant conviction! No more habeas in their corpus!

We now maintain a global system of gulags - an archipelago, you might say - complete with show trials and guaranteed convictions, that would be the envy of any NKVD officer. We truly have met the enemy, and they is us.

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