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Military Changes Execution Rules

Is the military gearing up to execute prisoners? The BBC reports it has changed it's rules on implementing death sentences. There are six prisoners currently on death row after courts-martial proceedings.

One of the changes pertains to where executions take place. Previoiusly, the rules specified Ft. Leavenworth, KS as the place of execution.

The revision also makes it possible for executions to take place at any military prison, not just Fort Leavenworth. This, according to anti-death penalty protesters, means it would be technically legal for executions to take place at Guantanamo Bay.

[Via Raw Story.]

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  • Re: Military Changes Execution Rules (none / 0) (#1)
    by legion on Tue Jan 24, 2006 at 12:47:58 PM EST
    The BBC story is annoyingly light on details... does this policy cover only courts martial? Or military tribunals of POWs/combatants/whatever also? It sounds like (from the beeb) that this new policy only covers active members of the US military facing death... can anyone here confirm-or-deny this?

    Re: Military Changes Execution Rules (none / 0) (#2)
    by Steven Sanderson on Tue Jan 24, 2006 at 01:47:58 PM EST
    The right-wing cheapening of life continues. How long before the Bush administration streamlines the process until all that's necessary for the imposition of the death sentence is a presidential decree? No trial needed, just a finding of guilt by Bush.

    Re: Military Changes Execution Rules (none / 0) (#3)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Tue Jan 24, 2006 at 04:42:00 PM EST
    I know one the persons on death row there. Very interesting.

    Re: Military Changes Execution Rules (none / 0) (#4)
    by Sailor on Tue Jan 24, 2006 at 05:56:05 PM EST
    Wile ... huh? BTW, does anyone else think this is the precursor to murdering uncharged kidnapees on foreign soil?

    Re: Military Changes Execution Rules (none / 0) (#5)
    by Che's Lounge on Tue Jan 24, 2006 at 10:03:02 PM EST
    That oughta scare them terriststsz. Maybe this will all be over soon. Or not.

    Re: Military Changes Execution Rules (none / 0) (#6)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Tue Jan 24, 2006 at 11:20:07 PM EST
    but,but,but,,,what about Welshofer? oh,,never mind,,

    Re: Military Changes Execution Rules (none / 0) (#7)
    by scarshapedstar on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 09:47:01 AM EST
    History will be most unkind to us.