'Split Verdict' Reached In 'Unconstitutionnal' Guantanamo Tribunal

//www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/08/06/10834/

ACLU: First Unconstitutional Military Commission Trial Ends in Conviction
//www.commondreams.org/news2008/0806-01.htm

Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR): Guantanamo Detainee Files First Petition Against U.S. Before Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
//www.commondreams.org/news2008/0806-15.htm

The Hamdan War Crimes Trial: An Illusion of Justice
//www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/08/07/10850/

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Doubt cast on U.S. version of terror suspect's arrest

As U.S. authorities took a purported al Qaida operative to court on attempted murder and assault charges Tuesday in New York, her family, the Afghan police and the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan cast doubts on the accuracy of the American story.

//www.mcclatchydc.com/251/story/46535.html


From Information Clearing House

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US Military Jury Finds Hamdan Guilty on One Terrorism Charge

Agence France-Presse: "Military jurors found Osama bin Laden's former driver, Salim Hamdan, not guilty Wednesday on terrorist conspiracy charges, but convicted him on the lesser charge of providing material support to terrorism. The split verdict marked a dramatic conclusion of the first trial before the special tribunals created by President George W. Bush to try suspects in the 'war on terror.'"


//www.truthout.org/article/us-military-jury-finds-hamdan-guilty-one-terrorism-charge

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Verdict is in on Bush style justice

Toronto Star [Canada]
by Haroon Siddiqui

08/07/08

Osama bin Laden’s driver Salim Hamdan was convicted at Guantanamo Bay yesterday — in his second trial at the hands of the Bush administration. Had his first in 2004 not been interrupted by a successful appeal to the Supreme Court, he would have been acquitted. For what he has been found guilty of — providing material support to terrorism — was not then under the jurisdiction of the military tribunal that has sentenced him. Such is justice under George W. Bush. Such is the justice that awaits Omar Khadr and 80 others to be tried by the special military tribunals at Guantanamo. More than the detainees, though, it is the Bush administration that’s on trial. Thus the United States is on trial. There, the verdict is already in: Guilty. Guilty of torturing detainees. Guilty of obtaining evidence from torture. Guilty of introducing hearsay evidence in trials. Guilty of hiding evidence from the detainees...

//www.thestar.com/comment/article/473532



“Justice” in the Hamdan case

Disloyal Opposition
by JD Tuccille

08/07/08

Whatever the justice of the verdict in the case against Osama bin Laden driver Salim Ahmed Hamdan — and the split decision seems at least defensible — the process by which that verdict was reached was fundamentally flawed. It’s impossible to place much faith in the result of a legal proceeding which stacked the deck in favor of the prosecution, violated fundamental American rules of due process, and in which the outcome was essentially preordained. One problem is that the sentence came first, with the trial to follow. Early on, the Bush administration labeled Hamdan an ‘enemy combatant’ and ordered him held indefinitely. So even a total acquittal would have been nothing more than a conversational topic for Hamdan to toss around during the course of an arbitrary sentence that could extend for the duration of his life...

//www.tuccille.com/blog/2008/08/justice-in-hamdan-case.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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Human Rights First Calls for the US Government to Respect the Limits of the Hamdan Sentence
//www.commondreams.org/news2008/0807-18.htm



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