Officials said the decision to proceed with military commissions came partly as a result of concerns that some detainees might not be successfully prosecuted in federal courts.
Roll that phrase around your brain a few times. Detainees will not be sent to trials because some detainees might not be found guilty in trials. Trials have been rejected because the trials’ outcome is not certain. What does that say about the military commissions? By implication, what makes the military commissions preferable is that with commissions there isn’t a possibility of exoneration.
What’s the phrase for a hearing with a pre-determined outcome?
Didn’t we used to castigate the Soviet Union, didn’t we used to condemn North Korea for their kangaroo courts, for their show trials?
What President Barack Obama has declared today is that some people must be found guilty, that some people must suffer the death penalty, and that the uncertainty of justice cannot be allowed to stand in the way of the necessary outcome.
What word is best to use for a leader who creates a show of justice, who goes through the motions of a trial, all in order to create the appearance of legitimacy for a set of executions he has decided will happen already? I think the word “coward” fits.
If Barack Obama were a man with the courage to shove all the show aside, he’d just shove a gun through the bars of the gulag at Guantanamo and shoot off the detainees’ heads himself.