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Military Lawyers Speak: Guantánamo Is a Disgrace

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 7:17pm

Today, in partnership with Brave New Foundation, we released a new video for our Close Gitmo campaign. This video features interviews with three military commission defense lawyers and a former military commission prosecutor talking about the military commissions system that was set up to prosecute detainees in U.S. custody. They use words like "disgrace," "sham," "kangaroo court," and "deeply unethical" to describe the system. See for yourself:

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Today, ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero is at Guantánamo to observe the pre-trial hearings of the detainees charged with crimes related to the 9/11 attacks. Today we learned the group of four detainees offered to plead guilty to the crimes.

President-elect Obama has said that he will close Guantánamo. Let's hope he puts this shameful chapter of American justice to an end on Day One.

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