The Future of Military Commissions

The Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing on the future of military commissions in light of the Supreme Court decision in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld.… read more

The Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing on the future of military commissions in light of the Supreme Court decision in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld. Witnesses testified about the administration’s final proposal on military commission procedures and administration and addressed questions about the legality of the commissions and proposals for their use in efforts to combat terrorism.

The plan would all prosecution of people who were not members of al-Qaida or the Taliban and are not directly involved in acts of international terrorism. It would also allow the secretary of defense to add crimes at will to those under the military court’s jurisdiction. Additionally, under the proposed procedures, defendants would lack rights to confront accusers, exclude hearsay accusations, or bar evidence obtained through rough or coercive interrogations. They would not be guaranteed a public or speedy trial and would lack the right to choose their military counsel, who in turn would not be guaranteed equal access to evidence held by prosecutors. Detainees would also not be guaranteed the right to be present at their own trials, if their absence is deemed necessary to protect national security or individuals. close

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The Future of Military Commissions

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Program ID:
193667-1
Category:
Senate Committee
Format:
Senate Committee
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Aug 02, 2006 | 2:18pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
Last Aired:
Jul 02, 2007 | 11:33pm EDT | C-SPAN 3

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  • Aug 02, 2006 | 2:18pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Aug 02, 2006 | 8:07pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Aug 02, 2006 | 11:04pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Aug 03, 2006 | 7:06am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Aug 05, 2006 | 10:07am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Jul 02, 2007 | 11:33pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
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