U.S. May Permit 9/11 Guilty Pleas after years of torture in secret prisons.

June 7, 2009

Imagine if over the course of 7 years you have been held in detention without knowledge of where you are, what you are charged with, who is charging you, and what evidence there is against you.
Not only that, but in the course of your 80 month detention, you are being water-boarded about six times a day, 183 times a month.
You have been tortured to the point that you don’t remember why you were arrested anymore. All these years you have been detained without a glimmer of getting out, and that’s before your guilt has been established…
Now theyyou have but one option. To choose to plead guilty and be fast-tracked to execution. Minus the trial and proof of guilt. I don’t blame them you for taking it, but how much more criminal can the authorities be?

-Brian

source: NY Times

The Obama administration is considering a change in the law for the military commissions at the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, that would clear the way for detainees facing the death penalty to plead guilty without a full trial.

The provision could permit military prosecutors to avoid airing the details of brutal interrogation techniques. It could also allow the five detainees who have been charged with the Sept. 11 attacks to achieve their stated goal of pleading guilty to gain what they have called martyrdom.

The proposal, in a draft of legislation that would be submitted to Congress, has not been publicly disclosed. It was circulated to officials under restrictions requiring secrecy. People who have read or been briefed on it said it had been presented to Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates by an administration task force on detention.

The proposal would ease what has come to be recognized as the government’s difficult task of prosecuting men who have confessed to terrorism but whose cases present challenges. Much of the evidence against the men accused in the Sept. 11 case, as well as against other detainees, is believed to have come from confessions they gave during intense interrogations at secret C.I.A. prisons. In any proceeding, the reliability of those statements would be challenged, making trials difficult and drawing new political pressure over detainee treatment.
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