Fiasco

This would be funny if it weren’t so serious? Or this would be serious if it weren’t so funny? Senator John Warner responds to Democrats responding to the latest news from Gitmo where enemy combatant cases have been tossed out.

“Congress cannot suddenly rewrite laws every time a federal district court judge or someone changes their view of the law,” said Senator John W. Warner, Republican of Virginia, who was closely involved in writing the military tribunal bill. “Give it some time.”

The Military Commissions Act which created the current tribunal fiasco was jammed through a Republican controlled Congress in record time before last year’s elections in response to someone changing their view of the law. That someone was the Supreme Court.

Lindsey I Was a Military Lawyer Graham chimes in.

“Let’s let the legal process go forward and not overreact,” Mr. Graham said. “I consider it a point of pride that we have a judicial system at Guantánamo Bay that is focused on process. Not who’s there, but the process. It is so important to distinguish ourselves from our enemies. In their world you don’t get a process. In our world you do.”

In that process, justice is screwed. The process there was created precisely because of who is there.

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4 responses to “Fiasco

  1. Melissa McEwan

    The Military Commissions Act which created the current tribunal fiasco was jammed through a Republican controlled Congress in record time before last year’s elections in response to someone changing their view of the law. That someone was the Supreme Court.

    😦 Sob.

  2. Ginger Yellow

    Graham’s comments make no sense at all. The “court” set up to try the detainees has said that it does not have jurisdiction over the detainees. How is this a working process?

    As I understand it, the ruling means that the detainees now have no means whatsoever to challenge their detention, thanks to the stripping of habeas corpus, and if the decision is upheld, then they can just rot there forever without any hearing at all. Seems to me the administration isn’t going to be appealing very hard.

  3. There is a very simple, very effective solution to all this military tribunal mess. As a bonus, it would even go a long way towards repairing the goodwill towards America that the Bush administration has lit on fire and pissed on.

    Simply treat the men detained at Guantanamo Bay as enemy combatants and try them in courts-martial under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, as our treaty obligations under the Geneva Conventions require. Many of them will have gobs of evidence against them thrown out because of the way it was obtained, but I don’t consider that a bad thing.

    This will never happen.

  4. Paen

    How incompetent can Bush and his cronies get when they can’t even run their kangaroo courts properly?

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