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  • Tuesday, March 29, 2005

    Cheney blocks improvements to fatally flawed military tribunals

    American Progress has news that the kangaroo courts set up after the events of the 11th September 2001 desperately need major overhauls, however, it seems Cheney is reluctant to accept improvements:

    Cheney is stifling changes to tribunals even though the federal courts have blocked further prosecutions. It took two years for the Pentagon to finally organize and hold the first hearing before the commissions, but only three months for a federal district judge to rule that the tribunals were "fatally contrary to or inconsistent with" American military or civilian trials. The Pentagon halted the hearings and moved forward on addressing some of the criticisms from the courts and allied governments. Despite the impasse, Cheney's staff has led the campaign to block improvements to the tribunals unless forced to do so by the courts.
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