By Jess Bravin

Soon after the September eleven assaults in 2001, the U.S. captured 1000s of suspected al-Qaeda terrorists in Afghanistan and worldwide. by means of the next January the 1st of those prisoners arrived on the U.S. military’s criminal camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the place they have been topic to President George W. Bush’s government order authorizing their trial via army commissions. Jess Bravin, the Wall road Journal’s superb court docket correspondent, used to be there inside days of the prison’s commencing, and has persisted ever on account that to hide the U.S. attempt to create a parallel justice method for enemy extraterrestrial beings. A maze of felony, political, and ethical matters has stood within the manner of justice—issues frequently raised by means of army prosecutors who stumbled on themselves torn among accountability to the chain of command and their dedication to basic American values.

While a lot has been written approximately Guantanamo and brutal detention practices following Sept. 11, Bravin is the 1st to move contained in the Pentagon’s prosecution group to reveal the real-world felony results of these regulations. Bravin describes situations undermined by way of inadmissible facts acquired via torture, clashes among army legal professionals and management appointees, and political interference in legal prosecutions that will be stunning in the conventional civilian and armed forces justice platforms. With the Obama management making plans to aim the alleged 9-11 conspirators at Guantanamo—and vindicate the criminal scan the Bush management may well slightly get off the ground—The Terror Courts couldn't be extra timely.

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