Thu, 26 Jun 2003 07:09:22 GMT

Law Experts Say Terror Trial Rules Unfair. Many legal experts have declared that the rules for proposed military tribunals are unfair and stacked in favor of the prosecution. [TalkLeft: The Politics of Crime]

Wolfowitz to be in Charge of Military Tribunals. Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz will be in charge of military tribunals, CNN reports. Rumsfeld has delegated his authority. [TalkLeft: The Politics of Crime]

Enemy Combatant Charge Marks Policy Change. The Bush Administration’s decision to drop a federal criminal action against Qatari student Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri one month before his trial, and transfer him to military custody in a South Carolina brig where he awaits a decision as to whether he will be tried in a military tribunal proceeding, marks a change in Administration polic, according to Administrative officials and experts. [TalkLeft: The Politics of Crime]

The executive branch determines who is an enemy combantant, then gets to use rules of its own making, rules that go against hundreds of years of common law, in order to get the verdict it wants. It can do this any time it choses. even though the government has said it is unethical to threaten someone with enemy combatant status in order to get a plea, we still have senior FBI officials bringing it up. Fear IS the mind killer. Without checks and balances, what is to stop this before abuses occur? Without outside review, how are we to know what is really happening? This is begining to look more and more like Animal Farm.