Monday, February 11, 2008

KSM, 5 Others Face Death Penalty

It appears the prosecution is going for the full court press:

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Six men being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, could face the death penalty for their alleged involvement in the September 11, 2001, attacks, a general said Monday.

The men will be treated like members of the U.S. military during their judicial proceedings, he said.

The proceedings will be dictated by the Military Commissions Act, which Congress passed to handle arrestees in the war on terror. The act requires that the detainees have access to lawyers as well as to any evidence presented against them.

They also will have the right to appeal a guilty verdict, potentially through a civilian appeals court and perhaps the U.S. Supreme Court, according to the act. The government plans to make the proceedings as public as possible, said Brig Gen. Thomas Hartmann.

So are Dylan Avery, John Gold, Steve Alten et al going to put their money where their mouth is and contribute towards the defense, or are they going to let these men, that they believe are innocent, go to their deaths without doing a thing? Are Kevin Barrett, Richard Gage and Steven Jones going to appear as "expert witnesses"? Hey, I am just asking questions here.

"The great virtue of a fake conspiracy is that it calls on you to do nothing."
-George Monbiot-