The “BBC says”:http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/3238302.stm that this agreement could be a ‘model’ for other trials of the citizens of US allies held in the US concentration camp at Guantanamo Bay. bq. The Americans have agreed that the two men will not face the death penalty, but they could face a military tribunal at the US base in Cuba. But what sort of model is it? Our government has agreed that two Australian citizens, who have apparently committed no crime under Australian law (they cannot be tried in Australia), against whom there is not even a credible public inditement, should be consigned to the military courts of a foreign power—that has held them contrary to their rights for a year or more—for any disposition short of death! Didn’t we once have “popular revolutions(link to Wikipedia on Bills of Attainder)”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_of_Attainder against this sort of thing?
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