(Taking context-optional note of thought-provoking quotes)
Even those accused of the worst crimes deserve trial in a fair system. The principles at stake here have guided the United States for years -- the right to be free from torture, the right to confront one's witnesses, and the right to an adequate defense. At a time when new democracies in other countries are building their own systems of justice, the long, plodding, and constitutionally murky U.S. military commissions system at Guantánamo is not the example the United States should want to set.
So wrote one of my companions on GTMO this week--Laura Pitter, counterterrorism advisor to Human Rights Watch--on the al-Nashiri hearing and the miltiary commission system in general. Her remarks are part of a scathing critique entitled "Sins of Commission" published this week in Foreign Policy. Worth a read!