Monday, September 25, 2006

You Call That Due Process, Your Honor?

Well do you? The boys go to a Committee hearing. TPMMuckraker (09.25.06):
"The Senate Judiciary Committee today held a hearing on whether detainees in U.S. custody should have the right to challenge the grounds of their imprisonment -- also known as 'habeas' rights. One witness in particular, a not-so-young lawyer named Tom Sullivan, made the most of his minutes before the distinguished lawmakers, sharply questioning Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), who has been a staunch advocate of stripping those rights from suspected terrorists." At Detainee Hearing, Witness Puts Senator On the Stand
This is our kind of lawyer:
"Senator Cornyn, I'd like to address a few remarks you made. You said these are enemies of the United States captured on the battlefield. None of the 10 we represent were captured on the battlefield or are enemies of the United States. You said no one suggested that the enemy combatants were entitled to the habeas corpus. The Supreme Court of the United States in the Rasul case two years ago held specifically that they were entitled to habeas corpus, to challenge the reason for their detention. You said they have an administrative review following a trial on the merits. None of them got a trial on the merits. . . . When they started out in these hearings, these [Combatant Status Review Tribunals], they were presumed guilty. There had already been a finding they were enemy combatants. The determination had been made. No witness or evidence was presented by the government. . . . And then they put in some classified evidence. I've been down to the secure facility. It's a joke. It's a sham. I've read the classified evidence. I'm not free to disclose it, but I can tell you it's a sham. There was no lawyer given to the defendants. They didn't speak English, most of them. They were young men who had no training in law. There were no rules of evidence applicable. . . . No cross-examination was allowed. There wasn't any objection to physical evidence, because there wasn't any produced. Now, you call that due process, Your Honor? Do you?"
Wow. Reminds us a lot of this guy.


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