Monday, March 7, 2016

"How to fix Guantanamo's broken justice"

This op-ed has a good headline to go with good substance. Highly recommended reading. The lede:
No matter what Congress decides to do with President Obama’s latest attempt to close Guantánamo Bay prison, there should be agreement that the existing legal process is fundamentally flawed and the best way to fix it is to replace the military judges now assigned to the Guantánamo trials with federal judges—whether the trials proceed at Guantánamo or in the United States. 
This shift to federal judges would expedite the process of resolving the Guantánamo cases in ways that would reflect better on the credibility and legitimacy of the U.S. justice system, while serving the interests of Congress, the president, survivors and victims’ families. 
That is the conclusion reached recently by the Pacific Council on International Policy’s GTMO Task Force, of which we are members. The task force consists of 17 attorneys and policy specialists, the majority of whom have traveled to Guantánamo as official civilian observers.

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