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  •  not so fast on the return to rule of law (2+ / 0-)
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    rincewind, Gary Norton

    Khadr was a 15 yr old child soldier when arrested and according to "the Law" the US should not be trying child soldiers and yet we have this from yesterday.

    A federal judge ruled on Monday that a civilian court has no authority to block a military trial on war crimes charges in the case of a Canadian who contended that he was too young to be prosecuted.  He must await the trial before making his challenge, the judge decided.

    In a 19-page ruling, District Judge John D. Bates denied review at this time on part of the claims by Omar Khadr seeking to challenge his military commission trial, and ruled that the court had no authority to consider another challenge.

    For those few who don't know his story...

    Khadr was 15 years old at the time of his capture in Afghanistan in July 2002.  He was taken to Guantanamo Bay later that year. He has been declared an "enemy combatant" and has been charged with war crimes for his role in a firefight in Afghanistan that left an American soldier dead.

    There are conflicting reports to whether Khadr actually took part in the attack, or took part because he fear for his life if he didn't.
    "Child soldier" trial can go on
    And then we have the al Marri case before SCOTUS today to see if they will hear his case.

    President Theodore Roosevelt,"No man can take part in the torture of a human being without having his own moral nature permanently lowered."

    by SmileySam on Tue Nov 25, 2008 at 10:14:40 AM PST

    •  Agree. I've written about both of them and (2+ / 0-)
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      JayBat, SmileySam

      there is no doubt we have a long way to go. Most of it will have to be done by Obama and Holder. But at least the Bush cretins knew they had pushed Hamdan as far as they could.

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