The Goings-On at GTMO

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On Thursday, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (aka "KSM") will appear in the new courthouse on Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for the first time since he was captured in Pakistan, back in 2002. Before his capture, KSM claimed credit for the idea to attack the World Trade Center on Sept. 11th, and said he personally beheaded American journalist Daniel Pearl.

For some, the proceedings on Thursday are a change to bring justice to the men responsible for Sept. 11. But defense attorneys argue that their clients were tortured, and that the military tribunals are stacked against them.

Later this week, Jackie Northam heads to GTMO to cover the trial. She joins us to give us the details and background. We'll also hear from General Thomas Hartmann, who defends the way prisoners are treated at the base.

So, all you lawyers out there, if you have questions about the military commissions at Guantanamo Bay, leave them here.



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You said enough for any reasonable person to be filled with doubt about a fair trial, when you said, found guilty or not they stay at GTMO. This will by admission be a kangaroo court. It makes no difference what the rules of evidnce are in a show trial the result is preordained. U.S. citizens deserve no better nor no worse justice than non citizens, if all people are created equal.

Sent by Robert Lee | 2:37 PM | 6-2-2008

General Hartman repeated the current White House line, in a manner the speakers presume is legitimate and exculpatory for the speaker. This line is exactly the same as that spoken by all the Nuremberg defendants on trial after World War II - "we are following orders from higher authorities in our chain of command." President Bush may try to claim that "we do not torture" though it is in fact a false statement.
What moral or legal argument does Bush or Hartman offer?

General Hartman is in violation of U.S. law, foreign treaties, which are held to be the highest laws of the land in foreign relations.

The failure of NPR and all other mainstream, commercial media to recognize this identical nature to Nazi's attempted self-defense by pleading compliance with legitimate authority is shameful and inexcusable. What rationale, or admission of ignorance will the media offer for their ignorance of the applicability of the lessons and facts of law following the Nuremburg trials?

The FBI; has publicly admitted that there is no *none* solid evidence connecting Al Quieda to the plane crash events of 9-11-01. Check the official FBI web site.

This trial is a last ditch attempt by Bush and his amoral subordinates to attempt to establish, even in a kangaroo court, that there is some shred of truth to the Bush claims of connection between the 9-11-01 plane crashes in NYC, and thereby avoiding the legitimate trials of Bush et. al for their murder of thousands of U.S. citizens on U.S. soil.

Sent by Greg | 12:41 AM | 6-3-2008

Greg's comments are absurd. The events of 9/11 were staged by Bush? I suppose Bush also hired Osama to be video-taped reveling in the events of the day and to take credit for it? And let me guess, Greg; none of the 'high jackers' were Saudi's; and the people who jumped from WTC were actors.

Sent by MO | 9:49 AM | 6-4-2008

Hartman, is definently in-step with our Gov's rouge policies. The court has zero legitimacy, they don't care about world perception. Saddam's illegal trial & lynching was expedited & veiwed with chopped video.
The same will happen here, so that the truth behind 9/11 does not reach the citizens.

Sent by Humanity | 4:04 PM | 6-5-2008

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