Bush Puts 'Fair Trial In Doubt', CNN/Reuters,
Editor's Note: Following president
Bush's "detainees are killers" statements, the critical decision about "who is
a killer" is made by whoever makes the initial accusation and arrest. This
seems to be very similar to medieval law practices in Europe before the modern
law system and the principles of checks and balances have been introduced.
Excerpts: "The concern we have is that the very man who is to
make the final determination of any sentence or conviction has already stated,
'Remember the Guantanamo Bay detainees are killers, they don't share the same
values we share'," he said. (...)
But Kenny said there did not appear to be any limit set on the time
detainees could be held before being brought to trial.
"In American and Australian law, indefinite detention without charge and
due process is illegal," he said.
Rules for Military Terror Trials Set, Criticized, Reuters/NYTimes
Excerpt: The military trials have caused concern
among some countries, especially in Europe where European Union nations oppose
capital punishment. Amnesty International and other civil rights groups raised
objections on Thursday because convictions would go only to the military
review board and not to civilian courts.
`We fear that in the proceedings undertaken by military commissions,
justice may neither be done, nor seen to be done,'' said William Shulz, the
executive director of Amnesty International USA.
Rumsfeld Gives Details of Rules for Military War Tribunals, NYTimes
Excerpts: The rules do not provide a process for
independent appeals, a procedure that critics also sought, keeping control of
the tribunals in the military chain of command. (...)
Mr. Bush will have final review of the cases, although he has already
called the prisoners to be tried "killers."
Covering Terrorism: The Media and 9/11, Fathom Course
Summary: On September 11, 2001, the world
experienced one of the most lethal acts of terrorism ever committed as
hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center Towers in New York City
and into the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C. Through television and
radio broadcasts, newspapers, magazines, and the Internet, the mass media
reported the events to audiences around the globe. In this e-seminar,
Professor Nacos focuses specifically on how the media's coverage shaped the
events of September 11 and what unfolded after the attacks occurred.