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Gitmo Hearings

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In response to recent Supreme Court rulings, the Pentagon is holding hearings for all so-called enemy combatants held at Guanatanamo Bay. First up: Whether the prisoners there are in fact enemy combatants.

According to a UPI account, the first-round of hearings will be done by July 17 and will include the following procedure:

Each one will receive the help of a non-lawyer military officer acting as a "personal representative," who will assist him in preparing for the combatant status hearing. Detainees will be offered interpreters, and will be allowed to testify, present evidence, call witnesses "if readily available" and question witnesses.

Not exactly a red-letter day for the rule of law or ideals of open government, but it's better than nothing. Longer story here.