Thursday, November 18, 2010

Pondering the message sent by the reaction to the results from first Gitmo trial…

Shall we?

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.

Pause…sip coffee…continue.

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.

Blink.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

These folks are insane. I am beginning to read a book called C Street: the Fundamentalist Threat to Democracy, and it is explaining so much about the insanity that is sweeping the nation. Justice, empathy, right thinking have all been swept under the rug and somehow these crazies have convinced themselves that as the chosen ones(self determined of course), they are doing it in the name of God.

I encourage folks to read this book. It provides some answers. If we know where they are coming from we can better dismantle their agenda.

I am going to continue to work to shed light in the darkness that has become our country.

Anonymous said...

This stalling is an abomination to justice.Gitmo is an abomination.

ttv said...

Wow! That's great huh..