Military Commissions

The House Armed Services Committee held a hearing on standards and rules for military commissions and tribunals. Witnesses testified… read more

The House Armed Services Committee held a hearing on standards and rules for military commissions and tribunals. Witnesses testified about the Bush administration’s decisions on detainee treatment while in captivity, the use of military judicial procedures, and the applicability of the Geneva Conventions on War to enemy combatants unaffiliated with a sovereign state. They asserted that the a recent decision by the Supreme Court found no real problems with the tribunal rules, only that those rules need to be voted into law by Congress and proposed that Congress should start with the administration’s system, make a few minor changes, then pass a law creating the tribunals.

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

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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193394-1
Category:
House Committee
Format:
House Committee
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Jul 12, 2006
Last Aired:
Jul 17, 2006

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  • Jul 12, 2006 | 10:00am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Jul 12, 2006 | 7:59pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Jul 12, 2006 | 11:37pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Jul 17, 2006 | 3:22pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
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