Friday, July 28, 2006

More on Bush's Kafkaesque plan to try "enemy combatants"

The Washington Post has posted a copy of the Bush administration's proposed legislation for trying the Guantanamo detainees in a pdf file on its website.

According to the Post, the draft bill:
explains how the government would create commissions of U.S. military personnel who could impose a penalty of life imprisonment or death based on evidence never disclosed to the accused. Military judges could also exclude defendants from their trials whenever "necessary to protect the national security."
That doesn't sound like anything approaching due process of law to me. In fact, it sounds like a system that can easily be abused. If the defendants don't know what the evidence is, how can they refute it? I'm shocked, but I don't suppose Kafka would be.

My earlier comments on this legislation are here.

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