The best for the worst

Reason
by Jacob Sullum

10/04/06

Under the Military Commissions Act recently approved by Congress, there are two ways the government can imprison a suspected terrorist for the rest of his life. It can try him before a military commission, a process that includes many of the safeguards offered by civilian courts and courts-martial. Or it can skip the trial and keep him locked up anyway. Given the latter option, the government is apt to try only its strongest cases, involving big bad guys such as Khalid Shaikh Mohammed. The result is that the best treatment will be reserved for the 'worst of the worst,' while the rest of those detained as 'unlawful enemy combatants' -- the innocent as well as the guilty -- will be left to languish in obscurity...

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