Over the last several weeks, the Obama Administration has been busy sending out representatives to spread the word through big corporate news sources that, although the people accused of participating in the terrorist crimes of September 11, 2001 are going to be put through a system of military trials with standards of justice that are lower than what the American justice system had in place at the time of the crime in question, there’s no cause for concern that the trials are eroding the constitutional right to a fair trial in the USA. Obama’s representatives have argued that the military trials are perfectly fair, and they’ve said that the American people will have the chance to confirm that fairness for themselves, because the trials will be completely open for the public to view.
The Obama Administration’s promises, however, are belied by news of what the Obama Administration is actually seeking to do. Obama’s prosecution team is seeking to force witnesses to testify in secret, in hearings that the American people won’t be able to see.
What will be happening in these secret hearings? The Obama Administration says that the witnesses could talk about CIA interrogation methods that are classified for the sake of national security. Those interrogation methods are alleged, with considerable evidence, to have included systematic torture.
So, it looks like the Obama Administration is compromising America’s system of civil liberties in order to protect the secrecy of George W. Bush’s schemes of torture.
It looks that way, but we can’t really know if that’s what’s really going on. The testimony is going to be given in secret, which means that the American people will never know what is really going on in these separate hearings, and will not be able to judge for themselves that the military trials are truly fair. Will the witnesses be deprived of counsel during these hearings? Will the defense be given equal access? We won’t know, because the truth in these trials will be censored from us.
Already, before the military trials begin, we see that the promises that justice will be preserved are falling apart. The military trials are designed to evade justice.