ABSTRACT

Myth/Fact: The Administration's Legislation to Create Military Commissions   [open pdf - 141KB]

This fact sheet corrects mistaken ideas about the Administration's legislation to create military commissions. The myths addressed include the following: The Administration's bill would permit trials by military commission that deprive the accused of due process; the Administration supports 'secret trials' in absentia; the Administration supports the use of evidence obtained through torture or coercion; the Administration's support for the use of hearsay evidence will deny the accused a fair trial; Americans will be tried by the military commissions; civilians at the Pentagon ignored military lawyers; we know Common Article 3 is clear because the military trains to Common Article 3; and the Administration is seeking to narrow the War Crimes Act to protect abusers.

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Date:
2006-09-06
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Public Domain
Retrieved From:
U.S. Department of State: http://www.state.gov
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pdf
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