Thursday, January 18, 2007

It is just as Spot suspected

From the Associated Press:
The Pentagon has drafted a manual for upcoming detainee trials that would allow suspected terrorists to be convicted on hearsay evidence and coerced testimony and imprisoned or put to death.
Apparently, the manual contains this little gem:
The Pentagon manual is aimed at ensuring that enemy combatants - the Bush administration's term for many of the terrorism suspects captured on the battlefield - "are prosecuted before regularly constituted courts affording all the judicial guarantees which are recognized by civilized people," according to the document.
Not really. If you condemn somebody to death without affording the defendant a chance to confront the witnesses against him, it is nothing more than a kangaroo court. The judges and prosecutors at Nuremberg would hang their heads in shame.

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