ACLU: Obama tribunals revival strikes blow to rule of law

Agence France-Presse

05/16/09

Human rights groups reacted with anger and disappointment Friday to President Barack Obama’s revival of special military trials of terror suspects, saying the system was flawed beyond repair. In announcing the return of the military commission system devised by former president George W. Bush, Obama also proposed reforms that he said would restore them ‘as a legitimate forum for prosecution, while bringing them in line with the rule of law.’ But human rights organizations almost in unison called it a bad idea, insisting that even with changes the special military tribunals would provide substandard justice and meet with delays and legal challenges...

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