Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Military Commissions

From Wikipedia:
The United States Military Commissions Act of 2006, also known as HR-6166, was an Act of Congress, signed by President George W. Bush on October 17, 2006. Drafted in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision on Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, the Act's stated purpose was "To authorize trial by military commission for violations of the law of war, and for other purposes."

Following the filing of Al Odah v. United States, section 7 of the MCA was found to be unconstitutional by the Supreme Court on June 12, 2008.
Air Force Major David Frakt, defense counsel with the Office of Military Commissions, had some comments to make while chatting with Rachel Maddow.

video

A key quote:
My belief, I believe it is shared by my fellow co-counsel, is that this is an unfair, rigged system.
Well, there you have it.

Things go downhill rather quickly when people in power start ignoring the law.

h/t to Crooks and Liars



--the BB

1 comment:

Göran Koch-Swahne said...

Honour to Ms Maddox for bringing this unfinished scandal to attention, and honour to Major Frakt for doing his duty!