Lose-Lose at Gitmo

A depressing but vivid report from the Hamdan "trial":

This week's proceedings have demonstrated once again that in the military commission system, both sides surely can lose. Hamdan loses no matter the outcome: in the "tales I win, heads you lose" world of Guantánamo detention, even an unlikely acquittal at trial would not lead to release, but to continued indefinite confinement as an "unlawful enemy combatant." And the United States loses by squandering a historic opportunity to demonstrate to the world that it can provide impartial justice instead of pressing forward in a fatally flawed system that permits conviction by hearsay statements extracted through techniques long considered torture by civilized nations.

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