Military Commission Readings
I've been reading the pleadings filed in the Military Commission trials of the "9/11 co-conspirators." Rulings on several of the motions are also available. Two that made a lot of sense to me are the Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction (Bill of Attainder) and Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction (Absence of Armed Conflict).
The motions and responses concerning Ramzi Binalshibh's competency are also interesting.
The two themes that run through the prosecution's pleadings are: (1) Trial by military commission does not entitle the accused to protections of the Bill of Rights, only to rights authorized by the Military Commissions Act, and (2) the length to which the DOD will go to prevent anything coming up as to what may have happened while the detainees were held and interrogated in CIA black sites overseas. [More...]
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