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  • Revolutionary Tribunals [VDH]

    07/09/2013 6:39:40 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 7/9/2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Our courts have too often become expressions of the popular will. In ancient Athens, popular courts of paid jurors helped institutionalize fairness. If a troublemaker like Socrates was thought to be a danger to the popular will, then he was put on trial for inane charges like “corrupting the youth” or “introducing new gods.” Convicting gadflies would remind all Athenians of the dangers of questioning democratic majority sentiment. If Athenian families were angry that their sons had supposedly died unnecessarily in battle, then they might charge the generals with capital negligence — a warning to all commanders to watch their...
  • Obama’s Amazing Achievements: His military intervention prompted some stunning reversals. (VDH)

    03/31/2011 12:50:22 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | March 31, 2011 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Obama’s Amazing AchievementsHis military intervention prompted some stunning reversals. By bombing Libya, President Obama has accomplished some things once thought absolutely impossible in America:(a) War-mongering liberals: Liberals are now chest-thumping about military “progress” in Libya. Even liberal television and radio commentators cite ingenious reasons why an optional, preemptive American intervention in an oil-producing Arab country, without prior congressional approval or majority public support — and at a time of soaring deficits — is well worth supporting, in a sort of “my president, right or wrong,” fashion. Apparently, liberal foreign policy is returning to the pre-Vietnam days of the hawkish “best...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SEGNATURA APOSTOLICA, 08-20-12

    08/20/2012 9:00:52 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 08-20-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    eatured Term (selected at random):SEGNATURA APOSTOLICA The highest tribunal of the Holy See; its origins go back to Pope Eugenius IV (reigned 1431-47). As reconstituted by Pope Paul VI in 1967, the Segnatura has two areas of competency, namely: 1. over tribunals already established, pilgrimages to Rome, matrimonial cases of nullity, erection of regional and interregional tribunals, handling cases involving concordats between various nations and the Holy See; 2. settling disputes arising from acts of administrative ecclesiastical power as a court of appeal, deciding on administrative controversies sent to it by the congregations of the Roman Curia, and judging on...
  • Marriage Advocate Offers Petitions to Vatican Addressing Marriage Abandonment

    02/23/2012 10:20:39 PM PST · by Catholic Iowan · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Spero News ^ | 02/23/12 | Spero News
    Two canon lawyers reviewed the "Vindicate Rights Petition."Philip Gray, J.C.L, says "in the vast majority of cases today, divorce has become an 'easy out' to avoid responsibility, pass blame, obtain revenge, or somehow justify problems in the marital relationship or between parents and children." Canon lawyer Fr. Chuck Zmudzinski, C.P.M., J.C.L. explained, "I worked in a marriage tribunal for about five years and one of the reasons I eventually quit was because I did not agree with how strongly biased the tribunal officials seemed to be against the bond of matrimony."
  • Terror on Trial (Son of Nuremberg prosecutor details coming trial of KSM)

    01/08/2012 11:23:22 AM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 3 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 1/7/12 | W Shawcross
    Legal proceedings against violent extremists are a crucial defense of our civilization, writes William Shawcross, whose father was a prosecutor at Nuremberg... Expect to hear a lot about Nuremberg in the months ahead. The war-crimes trials of leading Nazis, begun in that German city in 1945, will form an important subtext as we approach the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the accused mastermind of 9/11, and his associates. The pretrial proceedings at Guantánamo may start as soon as March. Since 9/11, America's attempt to balance justice and national security has drawn protests both at home and abroad. Some of the...
  • White House Announces Resumption of Military Tribunals at Guantanamo

    President Obama announced Monday that military trials will resume for detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp, saying the tribunals are an "important tool in combating international terrorists."
  • The Decline of the Justice Department--Mukasey’s verdict on Holder.

    01/22/2011 10:21:46 AM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | January 31, 2011 | Jennifer Rubin
    Former attorney general Michael Mukasey is not prone to hyperbole. He’s a former federal judge, a meticulous lawyer, and, as he proved in succeeding Alberto Gonzales, a skilled administrator who restored morale to a Justice Department demoralized by scandals (real or concocted). He is also obviously nonplussed by the performance of his successor, Attorney General Eric Holder. In a far-ranging interview, he candidly asserts that Holder’s conduct in several key respects has been “amazing.” That’s not meant as a compliment.Mukasey, who presided over the trial of the 1993 World Trade Center bombers, is as experienced as any American jurist...
  • The Rules of War Can't Protect Al Qaeda

    12/31/2001 11:56:44 AM PST · by Croooow · 9 replies · 239+ views
    New York Times ^ | 12/31/01 | Ruth Wedgwood
    The Rules of War Can't Protect Al Qaeda By RUTH WEDGWOOD NEW HAVEN — It makes no sense to win a trial but lose the war. With this in mind, a majority of the American public favors giving President Bush the option to use military tribunals against the Qaeda terror network. The tribunals are designed to permit a "full and fair trial" of war crimes without compromising our ability to track the network's future plans. Al Qaeda's skill at countersurveillance has made plain the need to protect sensitive intelligence sources at trial. But some international-law scholars suggest that President Bush's ...
  • Sharia-Sanctioned Marital Rape in Britain—And North America

    10/28/2010 1:50:37 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Andrew Bostom ^ | October 14, 2010 | Andrew Bostom
    As reported in the UK Independent (10/14/10), president of the Islamic Sharia Council in Britain, Sheikh Maulana Abu Sayeed, has reiterated alarming comments made during a March, 2010 interview, sanctioning marital rape. Sheikh Sayeed was in fact responding to an inchoate effort at modernizing the contracts which govern Muslim marriages in Britain. The good Sheikh, representing Britain’s main Islamic Sharia court, the Islamic Sharia Council, promptly published a rebuttal of the contract, which included a statement on sexual abuse (page 6 here). He opined in the March interview:Clearly there cannot be any “rape” within the marriage. Maybe “aggression”, maybe “indecent...
  • Smith and Napolitano Disgracefully Wrong

    08/09/2010 12:45:08 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 17 replies
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 9 August 2010 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Shephard Smith just interviewed Judge Napolitano on air on the subject of the two military tribunal trials just beginning at Gitmo. The judge went way beyond his competence in saying that "there was no constitututional basis for these trials." Fox News has no meand to post immediately any response to their mistakes on air. They also have no way to reach them by phone. (I know. I've tried many times.) The bottom line is that the Judge made statements that are appallingly, obviously wrong, and Shep nodded like a bobblehead and agreed with him. The Judge said that the Quirin...
  • Cheney Vs. Biden

    02/16/2010 4:25:27 PM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies · 739+ views ^ | February 16, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Politics: A battle ensues between one vice president who defended freedom well and another who sorely needs his boss's teleprompter. Biden accuses Cheney of rewriting history while claiming that Iraq is this administration's victory. Maybe Vice President Joe Biden should think about writing talking points on his hand as his rhetoric reaches levels of absurdity where no politician has gone before. After last weekend's round of competitive gabfests, one would expect to see a billboard of former Vice President Dick Cheney with a caption, "Miss me yet?" We do, sir, we do. After yeoman service helping President Bush fight the...
  • Sen. Brown: VP Biden 'off base' in blasting me on military tribunals

    02/15/2010 5:28:37 PM PST · by prairiebreeze · 35 replies · 1,803+ views
    NY Post ^ | February 15, 2010 | unattributed
    Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown took a swipe at Vice President Joe Biden today -- saying that President Obama's No. 2 was “off base” when he said the Republican get his facts straight when it comes to military tribunals and whether he is aware that terrorists have the right to a lawyer. “It was insulting,” Brown, a critic of Obama during his recent Senate campaign, told The comments came a day after Biden blasted Brown during an appearance on CBS's “Face the Nation" when he said he didn't “know whether the new senator from Massachusetts understands: When you get tried...
  • Poll finds most Americans are unhappy with government

    02/11/2010 7:08:33 AM PST · by OldDeckHand · 22 replies · 772+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 02/11/10 | Jon Cohen and Philip Rucker
    Two-thirds of Americans are "dissatisfied" or downright "angry" about the way the federal government is working, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. On average, the public estimates that 53 cents of every tax dollar they send to Washington is "wasted." Despite the disapproval of government, few Americans say they know much about the "tea party" movement, which emerged last year and attracted voters angry at a government they thought was spending recklessly and overstepping its constitutional powers. And the new poll shows that the political standing of former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, who was the keynote...
  • Would This Canadian Boy Kill Your GI With A Grenade For Allah? - WashPo Wants Your Sympathy

    02/10/2010 1:39:27 PM PST · by JLWORK · 13 replies · 678+ views
    David Horowitz's ^ | February 10, 2010 | John L. Work
    Before I made Detective, I worked for six years, two months and thirteen days in uniform within the cell blocks of a major Denver-Metro Sheriff’s Office Jail. We had an entire unit filled with fifteen juvenile males, all of whom stood accused of First Degree Murder. The youngest was fourteen. Each had been transferred to our adult facility because they were too violent for the local juvenile detention center to handle. Charged as adults, each was convicted and sent to prison for life. Several of the murders were unimaginable in their cruelty. A major American newspaper story is eliciting sympathy...
  • Loose Lips

    02/05/2010 5:23:50 PM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies · 1,122+ views ^ | February 5, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Holder's decision to Mirandize the Christmas bomber was bad enough. Telling the world he was talking again waseven worse Security: The administration says the Christmas bomber is now cooperating with authorities. We thought they got all the information he had in a 50-minute chat. So just why are we letting our enemies know he's talking? In any war, it's vitally important that you know what your enemy is planning and doing, just as it's important that your actions and plans remain secret. And when you know about your enemy's plans it's important they don't know that you know. We were...
  • Gallup: Americans want KSM tried in a military tribunal

    11/27/2009 10:58:42 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 7 replies · 531+ views
    Hot Air ^ | Nov. 27, 2009 | Ed Morrissey
    Does the Obama administration ever get tired of getting things wrong? As their public support drains from the health-care overhaul they’ve pushed for the last several months, they have managed to find another way to marginalize themselves with the American public. By overwhelming numbers in the latest Gallup survey, Americans disapprove of the decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in a federal court — and can barely get a majority of Democrats to support it: By 59% to 36%, more Americans believe accused Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed should be tried in a military court, rather than in a...
  • Try Them in NY – But in a Military Tribunal

    11/15/2009 10:49:57 AM PST · by goods · 2 replies · 298+ views ^ | Nov/15/2009 | Yossi Gestetner
    People in the Obama Administration, down to NYC Boss Bloomberg, and ended with leftist bloggers say all that “we need to try the terror leaders in NY in order for them to stand trial in the very city they committed their crimes.” This is the main talking point that we keep hearing from those who support bringing Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to NY. The rational of “the same city as they committed the crimes” is certainly a feel-good approach, but if this is the underlying reason, why does not the Defense Department bring over a military commission, set them up in...
  • Time To Begin Peoples' Tribunals

    10/16/2009 2:50:19 AM PDT · by veritas2002 · 19 replies · 974+ views
    Veritas2002 | 10-16-09 | Vanity
    Now that we have seen the demonstrated support of Tea parties both at the local Congressional level and at the level of the Federal government in Washington, it is time to begin Peoples' Tribunals. These would be investigative at first, with people summoned to give testimony about government wrongdoing and abuse of power - most notably acting contrary to the Constitution. We can begin with a national tribunal that investigates ACORN and its voter fraud in the last (and previous) elections. Those appointed to sit on these Tribunals would be seriously vetted to make sure there are no plants from...
  • Loony left very disappointed in Obama tribunal decision(video)

    05/16/2009 3:42:11 PM PDT · by Askwhy5times · 2 replies · 851+ views
    Bluegrass Pundit ^ | May 16, 2009 | Bluegrass Pundit
    Candidate Barack Obama severely criticized president Bush for using military tribunals to try terrorists held at Guantanamo Bay. On President Obama's first day in office, he suspended the tribunals. Now, he has decided to use the same military tribunals he criticized President Bush for during the 2008 campaign. His backers on the Loony left are very angry.
  • Obama's Military Tribunals

    05/15/2009 9:18:12 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 2 replies · 380+ views
    WSJ ^ | May 15, 2009 | WSJ
    Cheney antiterror policies are by now routine: for example, opposing the release of prisoner abuse photographs and support for indefinite detention for some detainees, and that's just this week. More remarkable is White House creativity in portraying these U-turns as epic change. Witness yesterday's announcement endorsing military commissions. White House officials insist that their tribunals will be kinder and gentler, stressing additional due-process safeguards for terrorists on trial for war crimes. But the debate that has convulsed the political system since 9/11 isn't about procedural nuances. It has been over core principles, with Democrats decrying a "shadow justice system" and...
  • Obama to resurrect military commissions for terror suspects

    05/15/2009 12:33:47 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 48 replies · 3,244+ views
    CNN ^ | Fri May 15, 2009 updated 9:55 a.m. EDT, | Ed Henry
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Obama is planning on Friday to resume the Bush administration's controversial military commission system for some Guantanamo detainees -- which he suspended in his first week in office -- according to three administration officials.Some of the high-profile terror suspects who are being charged in the military commission process include Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-confessed mastermind of the 9/11 attacks. The administration officials stressed that the updated system will include expanded due-process rights for the suspects, which administration officials note is consistent with what Obama pushed for as a senator in 2006 in order to improve upon...
  • Obama Breaks Major Campaign Promise as Military Commissions Resume, Says Amnesty International

    05/15/2009 12:05:57 PM PDT · by lilylangtree · 4 replies · 413+ views
    AIUSA Press Release ^ | 5-15-09 | Unknown
    (Washington) - In response to President Barack Obama restarting the military commissions at the U.S.-controlled detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Amnesty International's executive director Larry Cox issued the following statement: "President Obama is reinstating the same deeply-flawed military commissions that in June 2008 he called an 'enormous failure.' In one swift move, Obama both backtracks on a major campaign promise to change the way the United States fights terrorism and undermines the nation's core respect for the rule of law by sacrificing due process for political expediency. “Whatever revisions the Obama administration has made to the commissions do not change...
  • Barack Obama condemned as he announces military trials will resume

    05/15/2009 12:08:23 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 11 replies · 610+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | May 15, 2009 | Toby Harnden
    President Barack Obama faced condemnation today as he announced he was restarting military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay, reviving the system he once labelled "an enormous failure". The trial process, set up by his predecessor George W. Bush for fighters captured on the battlefields of Afghanistan in late 2001, was attacked by human rights organisations because it barred defendants from many of the rights they would have in a civilian courtroom. But Mr Obama said in a statement, the tribunals would resume with modifications to make them fairer. "Military commissions have a long tradition in the United States. They are appropriate...
  • Obama's Gitmo Mess: So where is the Pentagon going to send the Yeminis?

    05/07/2009 5:59:47 AM PDT · by Scanian · 17 replies · 639+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | MAY 7, 2009 | Wall Street Journal
    On his second day in office, President Obama ordered the Pentagon to mothball Guantanamo within one year, purportedly to reclaim the "moral high ground." That earned applause from the anti-antiterror squadrons, yet it is now causing all kinds of practical and political problems in what used to be known as the war on terror. This mess grew even more chaotic this week, when Democrats refused the Administration's $50 million budget request to transfer some of the remaining 241 Gitmo detainees to a prison likely to be somewhere in the U.S. and perhaps to a new one built with taxpayer dollars....
  • Obama Rebuked By Cole Mother Cole Sailor’s Mom Said Was Mistake To Vote For President

    02/10/2009 9:19:22 AM PST · by William Tell 2 · 100 replies · 2,583+ views
    The Bulletin ^ | February 10, 2009 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    Criticizes Obama's Terrorism Policies
  • US to probe why Guantanamo detainees talked

    06/06/2008 11:51:27 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 88+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/6/08 | Andrew O. Selsky - ap
    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba - U.S. military officers responsible for defending Guantanamo detainees said they will investigate why five men accused in the Sept. 11 attacks were allowed to talk among themselves at their arraignment, allegedly pressuring one of the defendants to reject his lawyers. All five said they would represent themselves in the death penalty trial, the first U.S. attempt to prosecute those believed to be directly responsible for killing 2,973 people in the bloodiest terrorist attacks ever on U.S. soil. None entered pleas, and two said they hope to become martyrs for their anti-American cause. Lawyers for...
  • Political correctness endangering our local soldiers?

    02/28/2008 5:32:29 PM PST · by GratianGasparri · 11 replies · 101+ views ^ | February 28, 2008 | Pete Vere
    Sault Ste. Marie is home to the 49th Field Artillery Regiment - an active reserve unit with the Royal Canadian Artillery. (Full disclosure: Although I am writing in my civilian capacity as an editorialist, I happen to be a junior reserve officer with the regiment.) Local artillery soldiers are serving near the front-lines in Afghanistan as you read this, often coming under fire from the Taliban, and and using their artillery to provide cover to front-line soldiers. If the guns fail, soldiers die. So why are we permitting the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal to play identity politics with their lives?
  • Muslim women cry foul

    01/17/2008 9:56:13 PM PST · by GratianGasparri · 31 replies · 7,529+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | January 18, 2008 | Pete Vere
    SAULT STE. MARIE, Ontario -- Three Muslim women in Canada have filed a human rights complaint against Syed Soharwardy, the Alberta-based imam who brought publisher Ezra Levant before the Alberta Human Rights Commission after Mr. Levant's magazine republished the Danish Muhammad cartoons. Qasira Shaheen, Robina Butt and Shugufta Iftikhar filed their complaint, dated Dec. 28, with the Canadian Human Rights Commission, saying they "were treated differently from men in the following manner: Abusive language uttered towards us; Not permitted to ask any questions; Denied participation as equal members of the Muslim community; Physically and verbally threatened; Made to sit in...
  • Tribunals Held for High-Value Detainees at Guantanamo

    03/12/2007 5:55:20 PM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies · 313+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, March 12, 2007 – Administrative tribunals were held March 9 and 10 for three of the 14 high-value detainees being held at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the Defense Department announced today. Combatant Status Review Tribunal proceedings were held March 10 for Khalid Sheik Mohamed, the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Bryan Whitman, Pentagon spokesman, told reporters. March 9 proceedings were for Abu Faraj al-Libi, an alleged senior member of al Qaeda, and Ramzi Bin al-Shibh, who is said to have helped Mohamed plan the Sept. 11 attacks. Combatant Status Review...
  • Administrative Tribunals to Begin for High-Value Guantanamo Detainees

    03/06/2007 4:47:04 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 288+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, March 6, 2007 – The Defense Department announced today that administrative tribunals will begin March 9 for 14 high-value detainees transferred in September to the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The Combatant Status Review Tribunals, which determine whether or not a detainee can be qualified as an enemy combatant, will be held at Guantanamo Bay without media coverage, Bryan Whitman, a DoD spokesman, told reporters. There is no time limit for the completion of the tribunals, but all 14 high-value detainees will go through the process, as all other detainees at Guantanamo Bay have, he said....
  • White House - Executive Order Trial of Alien Unlawful Enemy Combatants by Military Commission

    02/14/2007 3:35:51 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 5 replies · 547+ views ^ | February 14, 2007 | President George W. Bush
    For Immediate Release Office of the Press Secretary February 14, 2007 Executive Order Trial of Alien Unlawful Enemy Combatants by Military Commission By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Military Commissions Act of 2006 (Public Law 109‑366), the Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107-40), and section 948b(b) of title 10, United States Code, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Establishment of Military Commissions. There are hereby established military commissions to try alien unlawful enemy combatants for offenses triable by...
  • Bush Wins Backing for Terror Tribunals - Senate approves with a 64-35 vote - ( Dems for coddling )

    09/29/2006 10:34:21 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 36 replies · 964+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | September 29, 2006 at 6:15:50 PDT | ANNE PLUMMER FLAHERTY ASSOCIATED PRESS
    WASHINGTON (AP) - 0928dv-detainee-senate President Bush can count on Congress for the sort of military tribunals he wants, although the White House likely will have to await a lame duck session after the election to get authorization for warrantless wiretaps. Both chambers this week approved legislation that sets up "military commissions" to prosecute terrorists. It also would prohibit the severe abuse of detainees, like mutilation and rape, but grant the president leeway to decide which other interrogation techniques are permissible. The Senate's 65-34 vote on Thursday followed a House vote of 253-168 on a nearly identical measure a day earlier....
  • WTO appeal body reverses lumber ruling

    08/15/2006 10:13:07 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies · 511+ views
    The World Trade Organisation's Appellate Body, reversing an earlier panel report, on Tuesday ruled that the U.S. method for calculating anti-dumping duties on softwood lumber imports violated global free trade rules. A WTO dispute panel on April 3 rejected a challenge brought by Canada against a U.S. method known as "zeroing" for calculating anti-dumping duties on billions of dollars worth of softwood lumber imports. But in a 60-page ruling issued on Tuesday, the three judges on the WTO's Appellate Body -- its highest arbitration court -- found that the use of zeroing was inconsistent with the WTO's Anti-Dumping Agreement. "The...
  • Battle Looms In Congress Over Military Tribunals (House GOP & White House v. Senate)

    07/12/2006 11:29:57 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 14 replies · 920+ views
    Washington Post ^ | July 13, 2006 | Jonathan Weisman
    House Republicans signaled a coming clash with the Senate over the future of military tribunals yesterday when Armed Service Committee members indicated they were inclined to give the Bush administration largely what it wants in the conduct of terrorism trials. The tone at the first House hearing since the Supreme Court tossed out President Bush's tribunals last month was markedly different from Tuesday's Senate hearing, where lawmakers from both parties said they wanted to make significant changes to the White House's plans. "This could be easy," said Rep. Candice S. Miller (R-Mich.), who proudly announced she has neither a law...
  • Defense Official Supports Tribunals for Detainees

    07/12/2006 5:27:18 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 163+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 12, 2006 – Military tribunals -- not courts-martial or civilian court procedures -- are the best way to try enemy combatants for war crimes, a senior defense official told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday. Daniel J. Dell'Orto, the Defense Department's principal deputy general counsel, testified before the committee as it considers the best way to try detainees after the U.S. Supreme Court voted down the use of military tribunals under existing law. During yesterday's hearing, Dell'Orto pointed to the country's history of convening criminal tribunals other than courts-martial in wartime that dates back to the Revolutionary...
  • Warner Is Uncertain on Legislation for Tribunals

    07/01/2006 6:47:05 AM PDT · by nj26 · 26 replies · 619+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 1, 2006 | KATE ZERNIKE
    A leading Senate Republican said Friday that he was not sure that Congress should pass legislation to create new military tribunals for terror suspects, a stance that raised doubts about prospects for a White House plan to establish an alternative to the commissions struck down this week by the Supreme Court. The senator, John W. Warner of Virginia, the chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said he had not yet decided what course Congress should take. But Mr. Warner, who will preside over hearings on the issue in July, said he was concerned that new tribunals, even if authorized by...
  • Guardian finds Afghan witnesses US couldn't.

    06/30/2006 4:52:59 PM PDT · by FreedomFighter78 · 3 replies · 497+ views
    Guardian (UK) ^ | 6/30/06 | Declan Walsh
    The US government said it could not find the men that Guantánamo detainee Abdullah Mujahid believes could help set him free. The Guardian found them in three days. Two years ago the US military invited Mr Mujahid, a former Afghan police commander accused of plotting against the United States, to prove his innocence before a special military tribunal. As was his right, Mr Mujahid called four witnesses from Afghanistan. But months later the tribunal president returned with bad news: the witnesses could not be found. Mr Mujahid's hopes sank and he was returned to the wire-mesh cell where he remains...
  • Officials Study Implications of Supreme Court Ruling on Tribunals

    06/29/2006 7:25:31 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 252+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 29, 2006 – Today's Supreme Court decision specifically invites the administration to work with Congress to change the law so it can try some detainees through military tribunals, senior officials from the Departments of Justice and Defense said today. The Supreme Court ruled 5-3 this morning that military commissions for detainees charged with war crimes would violate the Uniform Code of Military Justice as well as four Geneva Conventions. While ruling against military tribunals for detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as they currently stand, the court's decision notes that "nothing prevents the administration from going to Congress...
  • Bush Reacts to Supreme Court Ruling on Military Tribunals

    06/29/2006 7:06:36 PM PDT · by SandRat · 47 replies · 918+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 29, 2006 – The U.S. government is evaluating today's Supreme Court ruling against military tribunals for detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to find the best avenue forward, President Bush said today. The Supreme Court ruled 5-3 this morning that "the military commission at issue lacks the power to proceed because it violates both the (Uniform Code of Military Justice) and the four Geneva Conventions in 1949." Bush, speaking today at a news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, reacted to questions about to the decision in Handan v. Rumsfeld. The high court issued its ruling during Bush's...
  • High court blocks military tribunals

    06/29/2006 7:35:27 AM PDT · by seasoned traditionalist · 7 replies · 783+ views
    CNN ^ | June 29, 2006 | CNN
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that the Bush administration did not have the legal authority to go forward with military tribunals for detainees at the Guantanamo Bay military base in Cuba. The 5-3 ruling means officials will either have to come up with new procedures to prosecute at least 10 so-called enemy combatants awaiting trial, or release them from U.S. military custody. The case was a major test of President Bush's authority as commander in chief in a wartime setting. Bush has aggressively asserted the power of the government to capture, detain, and prosecute suspected...
  • Justices say Bush went too far at Guantanamo

    06/29/2006 8:34:57 AM PDT · by libstripper · 61 replies · 2,087+ views
    MSNBC ^ | June 29, 2006 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that President Bush overstepped his authority in ordering military war crimes trials for Guantanamo Bay detainees. The ruling, a rebuke to the administration and its aggressive anti-terror policies, was written by Justice John Paul Stevens, who said the proposed trials were illegal under U.S. law and international Geneva conventions.
  • US court prepares ruling on Guantanamo tribunals

    06/27/2006 1:03:48 PM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies · 455+ views
    Reuters ^ | 6/27/6 | James Vicini
    The U.S. Supreme Court is preparing a potential landmark ruling that could determine the fate of the military tribunals created by President George W. Bush to try Guantanamo prisoners for war crimes. The ruling by the nation's highest court, which is expected later this week, will be one of the most significant presidential war powers cases since World War Two and could determine whether the tribunals are lawful. No one outside the court knows which day the ruling will come or how the justices will decide the myriad of issues in a challenge to the tribunals by Guantanamo prisoner Salim...
  • Moussaoui's Mess

    03/17/2006 5:03:39 AM PST · by libstripper · 3 replies · 335+ views
    The Opinion Journal ^ | March 17, 2006 | The Opinion Journal
    The Zacarias Moussaoui legal circus may finally soon leave town, though not without teaching everyone a few lessons about terrorists and civilian courts. In the more than four years since he was charged with six counts of conspiracy related to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the "20th hijacker" has mocked the U.S. criminal justice system. He finally pleaded guilty last year, and this week at his sentencing trial the al Qaeda operative got some help from an unexpected quarter--the U.S. government. A lawyer working for the prosecution was found to have improperly coached several key government witnesses, leading Judge Leonie Brinkema...
  • Terrorism tribunals upheld (Roberts for tribunals)(ACLU mad)

    07/20/2005 11:01:55 AM PDT · by eyespysomething · 1 replies · 214+ views
    SCOTUSblog ^ | 7-15-05 | Lyle Denniston
    snip In a major ruling that ultimately may be tested in the Supreme Court, the D.C. Circuit on Friday upheld the military tribunals set up by the Bush Administration to try terrorism suspects for war crimes. It decided that Congress' post-Sept. 11 terrorism resolution and two federal laws "authorized the military commission that will try {Salim Ahmed] Hamdan." It also ruled that the Geneva Convention on prisoners of war gave Hamdan no right to enforce that treaty's provisions in court. snip This is the first major opinion joined in by Circuit Judge John G. Roberts, who often is rumored to...
  • Appeals Court overturns lower court pro-terrorist ruling

    07/15/2005 8:06:29 AM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 79 replies · 3,837+ views
    The Corner on National Review Online ^ | 07/15/05 | Shannen Coffin
    BREAKING NEWS [Shannen Coffin] In Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, decided today, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court ruling that invalidated a military tribunal against a detainee at GTMO, who just happened to have been Osama's personal driver. In short, court held that commissions were authorized by Congress's post-9/11 authorization of the use of force, that the Geneva Convention was not enforceable in federal court, and even if it was, it didn't provide "prisoner of war" protection to an unlawful combatant like Hamdan.
  • A look at tribunals at Guantanamo Bay

    05/22/2005 3:38:40 PM PDT · by SmithL · 256+ views
    AP ^ | 5/22/5
    Detainees first were flown to the U.S. Naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, from the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan in January 2002. The Bush administration considered them enemy fighters with no recourse to the U.S. legal system because they were foreigners held on foreign soil. In July 2004, the U.S. government hastily began holding "combatant status review tribunals" to determine whether hundreds of detainees should be classified as "enemy combatants." The move came a month after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the detainees could challenge their detentions without charge or trial in U.S. courts. Dozens of cases are pending. Tribunals...
  • WSJ: Will Old Rulings Play a Role In Terror Cases?

    04/07/2005 8:16:32 AM PDT · by OESY · 1 replies · 298+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 7, 2005 | JESS BRAVIN
    ...Today, government lawyers will ask a federal appeals court in Washington to reverse a November ruling that found the Geneva Convention protects prisoners held at Guantanamo and ordered an immediate halt to military commission proceedings against detainees because they didn't comply with the treaty.... The records make it clear that after World War II, U.S. military prosecutors and judges set out to establish a precedent barring any prisoner mistreatment, by aggressively pursuing and punishing even comparatively small offenses. ..."Extreme brutality or serious injury to the victim is not a necessary element" for guilt.... Historically, such "unlawful" combatants "not only would...

    02/10/2005 10:54:54 AM PST · by CitizenM · 12 replies · 828+ views ^ | Feb. 9, 2005 | Michael J. Gaynor

    08/16/2002 7:39:49 AM PDT · by Merchant Seaman · 735 replies · 30,137+ views
    Annoyed Reader
    The purpose of's multiple message boards is to limit the topics for each board to particular topics. Posting the same message on all the boards defeats the purpose of multiple-boards for special topics. It is very annoying to see the same message on every bulletin board. PLEASE! DO THE READERS A FAVOR. STOP CROSS-POSTING YOUR MESSAGES!
  • WSJ: Ashcroft left a better Justice Department than he inherited

    11/11/2004 6:11:23 AM PST · by OESY · 11 replies · 1,460+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 11, 2004 | Editorial
    ...Ashcroft.... will go down in history as the Attorney General who led the legal fight against terrorism. Every wartime AG has had to make tough calls about the balance between civil liberties and national security, and in a better world Mr. Ashcroft would be retiring to bipartisan accolades for taking on these difficult issues.... Yet no one in this Administration has endured more personal and political abuse. Granted Mr. Ashcroft isn't the smoothest public spokesman, and his cultural conservatism and strict interpretations of the law on the death penalty, partial-birth abortion and sentencing guidelines incensed liberals.... The irony is that...