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Stop this Fiasco

Ken Gude on why the U.S. secretary of defesce must close down the Guantánamo military commissions before any more damage is done.

The Bush administration’s latest sideshow at Guantánamo, complete with the unconscionable use of the 9/11 families as props, has completely blown up in its face after Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the other four defendants asked the judge to accept new guilty pleas Monday. At first glance that might seem a positive development – but only the Bush administration could construct a trial system so flawed that an offer to confess to the most heinous crimes in a generation is an obstacle to justice.

Defence secretary Robert Gates must step in now and end this charade before any more damage is done and the incoming Obama administration is saddled with the hopelessly tainted military commissions.

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Ken Gude

Senior Fellow