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You've Got to be Kidding Me...

Gabe Rottman,
Legislative Counsel,
ACLU Washington Legislative Office
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June 4, 2007

Nine months for Hicks, and now all charges dropped against Khadr (because he did not meet the technical definition of “unlawful enemy combatant”). Guilty or not, innocent or not, what the heck is going on?I thought American justice was about impartiality and truth, not “restoring the lost power” of the executive branch. Gitmo is risibly broken.This is but one more clear indication that the military commissions system is untenable. For those who want the terrorists punished and stopped, it can’t do that. For those who want the innocent freed, it can’t do that either. It’s basically about affirming the president’s “commander-in-chief” powers for Federalist Society acolytes sitting comfortably in their government offices with those classic Bush-Cheney portraits prominent on the wall.Oh, and both Khadr and Hicks have basically served a five year sentence already. Hicks then gets off with a nine month slap on the wrist, coupled with a nice little gag order. Khadr faces yet another year in detention, after the government loses on an effective technical default. Now we have to wait while the status review board sees if he qualifies as an “unlawful” enemy combatant.Not cool, guys and gals.