No Justice: Statement of September 11th Advocates Regarding Guantanamo Bay Military Tribunals

May 5, 2012

source: Jon Gold    May 4, 2012

It would seem that the U.S. Government found itself in a conundrum when they allowed prisoners, like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM), to be tortured in secret prisons around the world.  Once tortured, any confession or testimony from KSM, or others, could not be deemed reliable.  Furthermore, the focus of the eventual proceedings would become a trial about the practice of torture, instead of being a trial about alleged terrorist crimes.  That would have been untenable for the U.S. Government, which wants to avoid any and all accountability for their own crimes of torture.

In order to bypass potential discussion of torture, the latest Chief Prosecutor for the Military Commissions, Brig. General Mark Martins, found a willing witness in Majid Khan, a fellow GITMO inmate to KSM.  Khan himself was not involved in the 9/11 plot.  He supposedly got his information from time spent behind bars at GITMO with KSM.  Kahn will be allowed to give this hearsay evidence against KSM in return for a reduced sentence.  However, Khan’s sentencing won’t take place for four years.  It seems the Prosecution is pinning their hopes and dreams on Khan’s upcoming performance.  None of this lends credibility to an already suspect system.

Additionally, with campaigning for the upcoming Presidential elections heating up, the timing of this latest attempt at justice for 9/11 is exploitive at best.

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The 9/11 Trials at Guantanamo will Create a Distressing Legacy

April 13, 2011

 

May I just preface this by reminding the readers that torture was used endlessly to obtain confessions by the alleged 9/11 suspects held at Guantanamo. – brian @NorCal

related: 9/11 Family Member on Obama and 9/11 Military Tribunals: The Sad Defeat of Our Constitution

by David Shipler  source: Bellingham Herald  April 13, 2011

The system of military commissions that will try Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four other alleged 9/11 plotters contains a dirty little secret. Hardly anybody talks about it, but it’s a key reason for concern as the apparatus becomes established.

It is this: The commissions can operate inside the United States, and they have jurisdiction over a broad range of crimes. Nothing in the Military Commissions Act limits the military trials to Guantanamo detainees, or to people captured and held abroad, or even to terrorism suspects. Nothing prevents the commissions from trying noncitizens, arrested inside the country, whom the president unilaterally designates as “unprivileged enemy belligerents.” In other words, the law permits military officers to try non-Americans from Alabama and Arkansas as well as Afghanistan.

The Obama administration’s decision last week to shift the high-profile 9/11 case from federal court is bound to move the military system toward legitimacy. The commissions lack the seasoned body of precedent that guides civilian courts, so their procedures will have to survive litigation by defense lawyers. But once the commissions gain stature and become the “new normal,” every future administration will have a ready instrument to arrest, judge and sentence wholly within the executive branch, evading the separation of powers carefully calibrated in the Constitution. The judicial branch has no role except on appeal, where only the federal court for the D.C. circuit may review a verdict and sentence after the trial.

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9/11 Suspects to be Tried at Guantanamo

April 4, 2011

source: Raw Story   April 4, 2011

The Obama administration has decided against civilian trials for five men linked to the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Attorney General Eric Holder will announce Monday that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his four alleged co-conspirators will be tried in military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay, according to NBC News.

Holder’s press conference is expected at 2 p.m. ET.


Tortured Child To Boycott Military Commission Proceedings in First Trial under Obama

July 19, 2010

Why the Huffington Post will report the story below and not this story here, is no mystery. The left gate-keeping media don’t want you to know that there is good reason to question the official 9/11 story….with science, observation, and experiment.

And to all the Obama supportersGuantanamo was supposed to be closed a half year ago. (Let alone, it should never have been built, used, or funded.)

source: Huffington Post    July 19, 2010

Omar Khadr appeared before Military Judge Patrick Parrish in Guantanamo Bay this week to confirm his decision to fire his American legal team. He then stated that he plans to boycott the military commissions because he considers them “unfair” and “unjust.”

In explaining his decision, Khadr read from his own handwritten prepared statement that cited his objections to a proposed plea deal that would have had him admit guilt, saying that such a move would allow the U.S. government to use him to fulfill its goals and would provide the government with an excuse for torturing and abusing him as a child. Khadr asked how he could get justice from a process like the one found in the military commissions.

That’s a good question.

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ACLU: U.S. Should Prosecute 9/11 Suspects in Federal Criminal Courts

July 12, 2010

July 12, 2010

The video above is from this weekends CBS airing of Face The Nation with Bob Schieffer.

Eric Holder cites “funding” as a hold up and concern in the reasoning for the delays in the 9/11 suspect trials.

There is however, no concern expressed for funding and continuing the War of Terror in the Middle East, nor any other military operation around the GLOBE that procures land or development rights for Congress’ constituent’s sponsers.

The simple, hard fact is that anyone held at Guantanamo did not ever have the ability to do this:

Below we have a letter written by the ACLU, I found it on the Common Dreams website:

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9/11 Trials Decision Postponed Until After Midterm Elections

July 4, 2010

source: Pittsburgh Live      July 4, 2010

In February, as the Justice Department’s plan for civilian terrorism trials in Manhattan was collapsing, Obama administration officials said they soon would choose an alternative venue for the case that promised to secure justice for the Sept. 11 attacks.

In March, officials said that Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind of the attacks, probably would be tried before a military tribunal and that a decision appeared to be imminent.

In April, Attorney General Eric Holder told Congress that the White House-led review of the case would be completed in “a number of weeks.”

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Group Aiming for Civilian Trials in New York for Alleged 9/11 Conspirators

June 9, 2010

by Nor Cal Truth  June 9, 2010

A group is calling for signers to its petition that would have the 9/11 Conspirators trial held in New York. This is from their website:

More than 2,600 people were murdered in New York City on 9/11. The five men accused of planning the 9/11 attacks have been in US custody for several years but have still not been brought to justice. Why? Because the Bush administration held the men for years in secret prisons, and then insisted on trying the men in an untested military commission.

Now the Obama administration is considering holding the trial in a commission, too . These military commissions are not only lacking in fundamental due process guarantees, they are extremely inefficient. Since 9/11, military commissions have tried only three terrorism suspects. US federal courts, by contrast, have successfully completed more than 400 terrorism cases in that time.

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