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June 18, 2018

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Military Tribunals
Last Featured: 1/30/2002

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Raising the specter of secret trials with unclear rules of evidence, President George W. Bush said he will prosecute foreign terrorists using military tribunals. ###In testimony before the U.S. Senate, Attorney General John Ashcroft chastised those who criticize the administration`s decision for distorting the nature of these proceedings and ignoring their role in determining international justice. Are military trials an appropriate, effective way of handling suspected war criminals or a mockery of the American values the U.S. is fighting to preserve?

Michael Ratner is a civil rights and human rights attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York. He's won multimillion dollar judgments under the Alien Tort Claims Act and the Torture Victims Protection Act against human rights violators in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Haiti, and East Timor and has fought for the rights of HIV positive prisoners interned at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. Mr. Ratner has co-authored a legal text "International Human Rights Litigation in U.S. Courts" and trained a generation of international human rights advocates through the Yale International Human Rights Clinic.

Ruth Wedgwood is the Edward B. Burling Professor of International Law and Diplomacy and Director of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advance International Studies at John Hopkins University. Currently a senior fellow for International law and organizations at the Council of Foreign Relations, Ms. Wedgwood serves on the U.S. Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on International Law and National Security Study Group of the Hart-Rudman Commission. The author of numerous articles on international law, Ms. Wedgwood was the chief of staff to the head of the criminal division in the U.S. Department of Justice; a former federal prosecutor in New York, and the Charles H. Stockton Professor at he U.S. Naval War College.

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"In this age when there can be no losers in peace and no victors in war, we must recognize the obligation to match national strength with national constraint."

— President Lyndon Johnson

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President Bush's Order for Military Tribunals
White House Office of Homeland Security
Past U.S. Criticism of Military Tribunals/Human Rights Watch
National Institute for Military Justice
Crime of War Project
Terrorism Library
Indictment against John Walker Lindh
Terrorism Cases & Documents
Terrorism Law and Policy
Law and War : An American Story
by Peter H. Maguire
Stay the Hand of Vengeance: The Politics of War Crimes Tribunals
by Gary Jonathan Bass
The Tension Between Security and Liberty in the War on Terror
Immigration and Policy
The Cuban Embargo