A bitch woke to news that the first Gitmo trial resulted in one guilty verdict out of around 300 charges.
The defendant faces being sentenced to life in prison.
Current spin is that the results of this trial will hurt the Obama administration’s campaign to have civilian trials instead of military tribunals. See, the rules of evidence are more relaxed in military tribunals...so some folks are pushing for them, because…um, well because this shit is all about getting lots of convictions on lots of counts.
This bitch can’t help but marvel at the overt message being sent here – that detainees will remain at Gitmo until everyone agrees on a system that will all but guarantee lots of convictions on lots of counts.
And I also can’t help but see the opportunity about to be lost – that we could use trials to send a positive message to the world about justice in America, creating something good out of the shame that is Gitmo.
Instead, all signs point to us sending a message to the world about justice in America…and that message will likely double down on all things Gitmo.