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Rarely has the word “guilty” meant as little as it does in the case of Salim Hamdan, the first prisoner to stand trial for war crimes at Gitmo.
Because it’s not a trial really. It’s a Military Commission, which means different rules, a wider scope of evidence, a jury of six military officers and a military judge. The former driver for Osama Bin Laden was accused of swearing his loyalty to Al Qaida and helping Bin Laden to escape after 9/11. Now that he’s been convicted, Hamdan faces life in prison.
The chief military prosecutor in the case calls the trial "an open and fair and thorough process," one which strikes a balance between security and Hamdan’s right to present his case. But I respectfully disagree. This proceeding was neither speedy nor public. And in this country, that is not a fair trial at all.
Read more of Jami Floyd’s comments on the In Session blog.
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