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Obama May Preserve Military Tribunals

Well, at least they tried, or something? The New York Times reports that the Obama administration “is moving toward reviving the military commission system for prosecuting Guantánamo detainees, which was a target of critics during the Bush administration, including Mr. Obama himself.” The first public moves could come as soon as next week with filings to military judges amending the Bush administration system to include more legal protections for detainees. “Officials who work on the Guantánamo issue say administration lawyers have become concerned that they would face significant obstacles to trying some terrorism suspects in federal courts. Judges might make it difficult to prosecute detainees who were subjected to brutal treatment or for prosecutors to use hearsay evidence gathered by intelligence agencies.”