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September 11th Advocates Statement Regarding Guantanamo

 
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 8:40 am    Post subject: September 11th Advocates Statement Regarding Guantanamo
From Tue Feb 10, 2009 3:00 am to Fri Feb 13, 2009 2:59 am (included)
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For Immediate Release
February 10, 2009



September 11th Advocates
Statement Regarding
Guantanamo Quagmire and Accountability
February 10, 2009



The Military Commissions System at Guantanamo Bay was an attempt by the Bush Administration to create an “extralegal zone”, wherein the rule of law was ignored. Many Guantanamo detainees were subject to detention without charges, rendition and illegal torture. The Military Commissions System, which allowed evidence obtained through torture and coercive interrogation tactics, has been a dismal failure both legally and practically. The Supreme Court has rejected the policies of this system each time it has reviewed them. Because of the Bush Administration’s mistaken belief in its ability to craft a new legal system, which clearly created avoidable moral and legal challenges, justice may never be served.

President Obama has paused all proceedings at Guantanamo Bay for 120 days in order for his legal team to attempt to design a system in which the verdicts will withstand the scrutiny of the inevitable appeals process. He is rightfully attempting to fix the quagmire that was created by the previous administration.

If, ultimately, the detainees held at Guantanamo Bay are unable to be properly prosecuted because of the fatal flaws in the system, then those in the Bush Administration who were responsible for creating that failed system should be held accountable.


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