Monday, February 18, 2013

Guantánamo Hearings Reveal Chaos at 'Camp Justice'

Questions of censorship and surveillance plague pre-trial courtroom proceedings

Eleven years after the United States' establishment of the detention center at Guantánamo Bay, more detainees have died imprisoned than have been convicted of wrongdoing under the military commission system. The absence of a speedy trial – a basic right denied defendants trapped in indefinite detention, not to mention a discouragement to families of victims seeking closure – is only a fragment of what's flawed about these untested offshore war courts. As another round of pretrial hearings comes to a close in the case against alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and his four codefendants, the government's efforts to avoid accountability on the issue of torture continue to mire proceedings in frustration and legal uncertainty.

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