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Watch It: Obama Speech on Guantánamo Military Commissions Thursday Morning

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May 20, 2009

Tomorrow morning at 10:10 a.m., President Obama will deliver a “major national security speech” from the National Archives in Washington, D.C. We’re expecting more details on his plans to revive the unfixable military commissions.

ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero said in a statement last week:

These military commissions are inherently illegitimate, unconstitutional and incapable of delivering outcomes we can trust…

Despite the administration’s efforts to improve the system, the only explanation for reviving it would be to accommodate the damage that has already been done by the Bush administration’s policies of torture, illegal detention and denial of fair trials.

We implore President Obama to not allow failure beget more failure. Close Guantánamo, and end the military commissions once and for all. Move the detainees’ cases to federal courts, where true justice can be rendered.