Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Guantanamo Bay jury foreman who critiqued commissions identifies himself

The Navy captain and jury foreman who wrote a letter condemning the proceedings at Guantanamo Bay publicly identified himself.  Captain Scott B. Curtis explains he wrote the letter after hearing graphic testimony of U.S. personnel torturing Majid Khan. The letter, signed by six other panel members, also critiqued the commissions' legal framework using the same language critics have used for years

Captain Curtis' and his colleagues' critiques evoke the arguments of those who say the commissions' purpose is to hide the harsh interrogation techniques U.S. personnel engaged in, preventing the tortured to have their case heard in an open and public forum. To this author, there is some irony to military members sitting on these panels now echoing the arguments of the system's critics, vindicating those that believe the military commissions are inconsistent with American ideals of fairness and justice.  

Some of the proponents for the commissions had argued, in part, that the military commissions were necessary to maintain anonymity for jurors to preserve their safety. And yet, once actual jurors saw and heard of the abuses the commissions allow, they brushed aside those concerns and publicly rebuked the process. 

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