Military Commissions

The Senate Armed Services Committee held the first in a series of hearings to examine the future of military commissions in light of the… read more

The Senate Armed Services Committee held the first in a series of hearings to examine the future of military commissions in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Hamdan v Rumsfeld. Witnesses testified about the treatment of military detainees and enemy combatants, the provisions for laws of warfare set forth in the Geneva Conventions, and Bush administration directives for the operation of military tribunals. They also talked about proposed procedures for the trial of detainees in accordance to the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

On June 29, 2006, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Hamdan v Rumsfeld that the process for the trial of military detainees must be defined through legislation and that a Yemeni detainee at the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, could not be tried by a special military commission established by the administration. The court held that the commissions violated U.S. law and the Geneva Conventions, especially the conventions' Common Article 3, which prohibits “outrages upon personal dignity, in particular humiliating and degrading treatment.” close

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Program ID:
193392-1
Category:
Public Affairs Event
Format:
Senate Committee
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Jul 13, 2006
Last Aired:
Jul 2, 2007

Airing Details

  • Jul 13, 2006 | 9:59am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Jul 13, 2006 | 11:17am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Jul 13, 2006 | 1:06pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Jul 13, 2006 | 7:54pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Jul 14, 2006 | 3:34am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Jul 14, 2006 | 1:41pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Jul 16, 2006 | 10:36am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Jul 02, 2007 | 8:08pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
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