Saturday, August 09, 2008
Justice is done?
Salim Hamdan (Bin Laden's driver) has been sentenced to 66 months in prison for supporting terrorism. The jury made up of American military personnel rejected the prosecutions demand of a 30 year sentence. Considering how long Salim has been detained at Guantanamo Bay Salim is eligible for release in 5 months.... but he probably won't be. The US Government claim they can hold him as long as the "War on Terror" continues, and his detention will be reviewed on an annual basis.
Terrorism will never end, and since the "War on Terror" has no specified targets this means that Salim need never be released. This makes a mockery of his trial.
These trials are only occuring as a way to avoid having to review peoples detention or to seek the death penalty, as these people can be held as long as the US Government wants anyway.
THE CURRENT US GOVERNMENT HAS NO RESPECT FOR DUE PROCESS AND RULE OF LAW.
As the War on Terror is not a "real" war, it is a concept, then after a trial has been held, and a sentence finished, release should be automatic, that is how justice is supposed to work, anything else is a dodge and a mockery of justice.