Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Military Commission Free-for-All

David Hicks, an Australian charged with providing material support to terrorists is reportedly the first Guantánamo detainee to be “convicted” by a military commission. In fact, he was neither tried nor convicted. After waiting almost 5 ½ years to be arraigned, Hicks pleaded guilty after the commission degenerated as the judge, in a surprise move, dismissed Hicks’ two civilian attorneys and the remaining military attorney accused the judge of bias. He was later quoted as saying the judge was “fixing the rules to fix…mistakes”. Indeed, one of Hick’s civilian attorneys stated as he left the commission: “You cannot predict from one day to the next what the rules are.”

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