Friday, August 04, 2006

In Agreement with the ACLU on this one.

A draft Bush administration plan for special military courts seeks to expand the reach and authority of such "commissions" to include trials, for the first time, of people who are not members of al-Qaeda or the Taliban and are not directly involved in acts of international terrorism, according to officials familiar with the proposal.

The plan, which would replace a military trial system ruled illegal by the Supreme Court in June, would also allow the secretary of defense to add crimes at will to those under the military court's jurisdiction. The two provisions would be likely to put more individuals than previously expected before military juries, officials and independent experts said.

The draft proposed legislation, set to be discussed at two Senate hearings today, is controversial inside and outside the administration because defendants would be denied many protections guaranteed by the civilian and traditional military criminal justice systems.

Under the proposed procedures, defendants would lack rights to confront accusers, exclude hearsay accusations, or bar evidence obtained through rough or coercive interrogations. They would not be guaranteed a public or speedy trial and would lack the right to choose their military counsel, who in turn would not be guaranteed equal access to evidence held by prosecutors.

Detainees would also not be guaranteed the right to be present at their own trials, if their absence is deemed necessary to protect national security or individuals. .....



Anonymous rob_star said...

Not surprising from a bunch of neo-nazi thugs. Give them an inch and they'll take YOUR cilil liberties as well. Wake up and smell the napalm before it's too late. Any of the pro-Bush candidates like Asa should never get your vote if this story disturbs you because they are and will be enablers to the Administration in question.

3:35 PM, August 05, 2006  
Anonymous Mark M said...

You can't hang this one on Asa Rob. Did he advocate for this kind of thing as a Congressman? In the Dept of Homeland Security even? For all I know that is why he did not get the promotion at the department- he would not cut enough corners to suit them. Asa is straight-laced.

5:14 PM, August 05, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since this is from the Washington Post, I'm not sure I'd TOTALLY believe everything that's in the article. Besides, why hasn't anyone else in the MSM picked up on it? You know they'd be all over this if it would be damaging to Bush. That's all they report anymore! Of course, with their own liberal spin on it.

10:22 PM, August 05, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Rob, what kind of Kool-Aid do you drink?

10:23 PM, August 05, 2006  
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