ACLU: Military Commissions Can’t Be Fixed
The Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on military commissions is underway. Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) is making an opening statement about how the commissions were subject to a “double failure” to uphold “basic principles of justice” under the previous congress and the Bush administration, particularly with regard to allowing hearsay evidence. But the Senate panel’s “new language” on commissions would no longer make “coerced statements … admissible if they’re obtained prior to December 2005,” Levin said. (That’s when Congress passed the Detainee Treatment Act passed, an attempt to bar torture by the military.) And detainees would no longer have the burden of providing hearsay evidence is unreliable.
But the American Civil Liberties Union’s Chris Anders disagrees that the commissions can be salvaged. In a new statement, Anders says: