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Nuremberg Prosecutor Talks About Guantanamo Trials

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No surprise here, but he says they’re absolutely unfair.

From the NY Times:

“I think Robert Jackson, who’s the architect of Nuremberg, would turn over in his grave if he knew what was going on at Guantanamo,” Nuremberg prosecutor Henry King Jr. told Reuters in a telephone interview.

“It violates the Nuremberg principles, what they’re doing, as well as the spirit of the Geneva Conventions of 1949.” […]

“The concept of a fair trial is part of our tradition, our heritage,” King said from Ohio, where he lives. “That’s what made Nuremberg so immortal — fairness, a presumption of innocence, adequate defense counsel, opportunities to see the documents that they’re being tried with.”

And concerning torture…

“To torture people and then you can bring evidence you obtained into court? Hearsay evidence is allowed? Some evidence is available to the prosecution and not to the defendants? This is a type of ‘justice’ that Jackson didn’t dream of,” King said.

This is something I don’t think a lot of torture supporters really take into consideration, how very suspect that testimony and evidence is. I mean, come on people…it’s TORTURE. How reliable do you think it’s going to be when you’re subjecting somebody to all varieties of physical and emotional abuse?