Obama Plans to Move Gitmo Terror Trials to Criminal Courts

Here's a breath of fresh air:

President-elect Obama's advisers are quietly crafting a proposal to ship dozens, if not hundreds, of imprisoned terrorism suspects to the United States to face criminal trials, a plan that would make good on his promise to close the Guantanamo Bay prison but could require creation of a controversial new system of justice.

Under plans being put together in Obama's camp, some detainees would be released and many others would be prosecuted in U.S. criminal courts.

Here's an interesting twist:

A third group of detainees — the ones whose cases are most entangled in highly classified information — might have to go before a new court designed especially to handle sensitive national security cases, according to advisers and Democrats involved in the talks.

I hope the "new court" has more protections than those set up by the Military Commissions Act.

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    The new court (none / 0) (#1)
    by kmonster on Mon Nov 10, 2008 at 10:29:51 AM EST
    will almost certainly be a big step in the right direction.

    Won't it be nice to have a Constitutional law prof as president?

    I wonder what the big secrets are..... (none / 0) (#2)
    by kdog on Mon Nov 10, 2008 at 10:45:48 AM EST
    that we can't know about...CIA involvement with these psychos (err, accused psychos) perhaps?

    I've come to view (none / 0) (#3)
    by Makarov on Mon Nov 10, 2008 at 11:40:48 AM EST
    "highly classified information" as code for information obtained under torture.

    That and... (none / 0) (#5)
    by kdog on Mon Nov 10, 2008 at 04:57:31 PM EST
    assorted criminality in general.

    Anybody else not keen on paying people to keep secrets from us regarding what is done in our names and paid for by our hard-earned dollars?


    "new court" (none / 0) (#4)
    by Andreas on Mon Nov 10, 2008 at 11:47:14 AM EST
    That "new court designed especially to handle sensitive national security cases" would be used against American people in the future.