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Secret Trials and Executions: Military Tribunals and the Threat to Democracy (Seven Stories' Open Media Pamphlet Series)by Barbara Olshansky
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Since the attacks of September 11th, there has been a sweeping revision of U.S. immigration laws, foreign intelligence gathering operations, and domestic law enforcement procedures. While aimed at countering terrorism and bringing to justice those individuals who are responsible for carrying out acts of terror against the U.S., many of these measures also involve a profound curtailment of our constitutional rights and liberties. Among the most controversial of the new measures is the unprecedented order authorizing the creation of special military tribunals to try non-citizens suspected of terrorism.
In Secret Trials and Executions, Olshansky helps us step back for a moment to assess several of the Bush Administration's 2001 policy pronouncements, and examine how the Constitution addresses the cardinal issues of military authority and the requirements of due process and equal protection under the law, and how the courts and Congress have defined the proper roles of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches in our federal government.
To provide a framework for this analysis, Olshansky looks at the history of military tribunals, whether the current situation warrants the type of forum proposed by the president, the official positions that our government has taken with regard to the use of military tribunals by other nations, the legal basis for the specific form of military tribunal that is established by the Military Order, what alternatives exist to bring to justice those who may be guilty of such crimes, what constitutional principles are at stake in this decision, and what the decision to use military tribunals will mean in terms of this country's credibility and moral authority in the international arena.
The author looks at the history of military tribunals world-wide as well as alternatives.
By implementing the Military Order, the U.S. will be creating a system of secret proceedings in which the charges, the evidence, the verdicts, and the punishments would never have to be revealed to the public. Indeed, the Bush administration will have succeeded in erasing the rule-book of American justice that was painstakingly written during our nation's history and replaced it with a totalitarian code of vengeance. Olshansky examines how the Constitution addresses the cardinal issues of military authority and the requirements of due process and equal protection under the law, and how the courts and Congress have defined the proper roles of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches in our federal government.
About the Author
Barbara Olshansky is the Assistant Legal Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights. She focuses on class action lawsuits concerning immigrants rights, racial discrimination in employment and education, environmental justice and public health, prisoners' rights, and Native American rights. She has developed a name as a fierce critic of Homeland Security legislation and the PATRIOT Act and as an adamant defender of civil liberties.
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