President Obama will resume military-commission trials for detainees at the Guantánamo Bay facility. The White House also said it remains committed to trying some terrorist suspects in federal courts, which that has met vehement bipartisan opposition in Congress, says the Christian Science Monitor. “I strongly believe that the American system of justice is a key part of our arsenal in the war against Al Qaeda and its affiliates, and we will continue to draw on all aspects of our justice system,” Obama said.
In restarting the military tribunal process after a two-year hiatus, the administration did not opt for a carbon copy of the process used under President Bush. The proceedings will not be able to use any information obtained via a process determined to be cruel or inhuman. Handling of classified information will be revamped. Obama issued an executive order setting up a review process for Guantánamo detainees who have yet to face a full tribunal or who are being detained indefinitely as military combatants. These moves mark “a substantial improvement over the status quo,” said University of Texas law professor Robert Chesney.