As promised, this is one of the first orders of business. And given that we eventually freed the majority of those we kidnapped and held indefinitely without access to legal counsel, this move is yet another signal that America is starting a new chapter.
The U.S. moved Tuesday to halt the Guantanamo Bay war crimes trials, filing a late-night motion to suspend proceedings until President Barack Obama’s administration completes a review of the system for prosecuting suspected terrorists.
The motion, filed at the direction of Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, will be considered early Wednesday by the military judge hearing the case of five men charged in the Sept. 11 attacks.
In the motion, a U.S. military prosecutor says the “interests of justice” would be served by a suspension in all pending cases because a review of the system by the Obama administration may result in significant changes.
“The interests of justice served by granting the requested continuance outweigh the interests of both the public and the accused in a prompt trial,” prosecutor Clay Trivett said in the motion.
Trivett wrote that the motion was filed at the direction of the president and defense secretary.
The suspension would be for 120 days while the administration develops a new way to try enemy combatant cases.
More as it develops…