Military Justice — Another Oxymoron I Guess

Whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa!

How is this —

Six Guantánamo detainees who are accused of central roles in the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, will be shown all the evidence against them and will be afforded the same rights as American soldiers accused of crimes, the Pentagon said Monday as it announced the charges against them.

Not contradicted by this?

Brig. Gen. Thomas Hartmann of the Air Force, legal adviser to the Defense Department’s Office of Military Commissions, said at a Pentagon news briefing… it would be up to the trial judge how to handle evidence obtained through controversial interrogation techniques like “waterboarding,” or simulated drowning. Critics have said the harsh techniques, which are believed to have been used on several of the defendants, amount to torture.

You mean that if some unlucky soul gets arrested, and the military police beat the crap out of him until he signs whatever paper they shove in front of him just to get them to stop, and the trial judge knows damn well that’s what the M.P.s did because the M.P.s said they did exactly that, then it’s up to the trial judge how to handle evidence such as a coerced confession? Because those are the rights afforded to the six Guantanamo detainees on trial for their lives! Which of course are same rights afforded any American soldier, because General Hartmann says so.

I’ll bet they don’t tell you that when they recruit you for the Armed Forces. Or perhaps General Hartmann doesn’t care what his shoes smell like or what’s on them because we’ve had seven years of the same stuff thrown at the press as they dutifully noted it all and reported it to us with straight faces.

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