Enemy Combatant Hearings Begin at Guantanamo

Hearings began today for 14 Gitmo detainees to determine if they are enemy combatants. If so, they can be held indefinitely or tried in military tribunals.

Were any bloggers allowed in? Doubtful. Even the Associated Press was excluded.

The military allowed the media to cover previous hearings but this time has adopted more stringent rules, barring anyone without a special security clearance.

How will we know what transpired?

Edited transcripts of the hearings at the U.S. Navy base in southeast Cuba will be released later, Peppler said.

Democracy dies behind closed doors.

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    WSWS: Press barred from Guantánamo hearings (none / 0) (#1)
    by Andreas on Sat Mar 10, 2007 at 03:45:30 AM EST
    The WSWS writes:

    In reality, the prime reason the Bush administration is invoking national security is to conceal the crimes that have been committed under executive order and to protect itself from political and legal blowback. Above all, the hearings are being held in secret because of what the detainees could reveal about the illegal CIA "gulag" authorized by Bush. ...

    The nature of the tribunals is made clear by the fact that the government is willing to consider evidence obtained by torture, deny the right to counsel, bar the public witness of the press and redact hearing transcripts. All of this is aimed at designating prisoners as enemy combatants, a category concocted by the Bush administration for the express purpose of circumventing democratic and constitutional rights. ...

    Human Rights Watch background on some of the prisoners previously held by the CIA who now face status review hearings can be found here: http://www.hrw.org/backgrounder/usa/us1004/7.htm

    Press barred from Guantánamo hearings
    By Naomi Spencer, 9 March 2007