Military Commissions Act, G-Bay, and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

After all the horror of Guantanamo Bay, I’m not sure whether to feel strangely relieved or just continually sickened by the fact that “US officials” (whatever that entails) have finally narrowed down their charge to 6 prisoners for their involvement in attacks on 9/11.  The language used in the BBC article this morning, Monday the 10th, is startlingly Islamaphobic, with the words “alleged mastermind” appearing in reference to the first victim, whose picture appears along with his name in a telling portrait for westernized reporting.  Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has allegedly reported to having decapitated the US journalists in 2002, Daniel Pearl, though no source in the article is cited for this information therefore the reader is left to believe the aforementioned ‘US officials’ are still the main source of information- and an unreliable one on that note, especially if we’re addressing the issue of Guantanamo. 
Since trials are due to be held under the Military Commissions Act (2006), and I knew little about it, I decided to dig deeper and see what type of trial Khalid and the other will face. 
The American Civil Liberties Union, which aims to restore constitutional rights by reporting on government infrigement policies/laws.  What I found was shocking and disturbing- I had not realized this was the fabeled remover of habeus corpus until reading this document on the true civil liberties violations perpetuated by the document, signed in the last hours before Congress adjourned.  Notes on torture are most disturbing, as the MCA allows convictions based on evidence that is coerced from the witness  (read: beaten, tortured out of), or obtained through abuse from our country or other countries.  Egyptian outsourcing anyone?  This is complicated even further by the MCA allowing the United States President to define was is and is not torture… hey wait a minute Geneva! 

275 prisoners are still being held at Guantanamo through the MCA, though the US has reported numerous times that they plan to try only 80.  Two bills have been introduced in Congress that would restore habeas corpus rights to detainees and reaffirm that no president can make up his or her own rules regarding torture and abuse: The Restoring the Constitution Act of 2007 and The Habeas Corpus Restoration Act- more on these later.

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~ by 1womanarmy on February 12, 2008.

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