[FoRK] Welcome Back Kotter

Joe Barrera j3 at barrera.org
Mon Nov 10 12:57:52 PST 2008


http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/us_elections/article5126528.ece

"Mr Obama is planning to ship dozens of terror suspects from the
prison to face criminal trial in the US as part of a plan to shut the
jail down...."

"He is looking at creating a new "terrorism court" on the US mainland
to try up to 80 terror suspects, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the
self-confessed September 11 mastermind. Mr Obama said last week that
he would close the prison "as quickly as we can do prudently".

"Yet the move will face stiff opposition from many Republicans on
Capitol Hill and a substantial number of Americans, who strongly
oppose bringing terror suspects to US soil with traditional rules of
evidence that give those being prosecuted the presumption of
innocence...."

"Prosecuting such high-value detainees in open federal court presents
a host of problems. Evidence obtained by military interrogation would
likely be thrown out. Defendants would have the right to confront
witnesses, leaving undercover CIA offices or undercover informers to
take the stand.


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