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Trials and Errors at Guantanamo

Nuremberg it was not. Unlike the Nazi war crimes trials, which were conducted by seasoned legal specialists with the world looking over their shoulders, the opening round of the tribunals at Guantanamo Bay naval base last week seemed mired in uncertainty, inexperience and confusion. As one session ended, the presiding officer appeared to be so blindsided by a defense maneuver that he sat with his face in his hands before issuing a ruling. Repeatedly, the translation system broke down. At one point, a defendant unexpectedly fired his court-appointed lawyer and began to blurt out a confession before officials could bring the situation under control. And the outside world got only glimpses of the proceedings, which were carried out under such tight restrictions that no photographic, video or audio records of what went on are ever to be released. Full Story

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