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Rights Group Opposes Reconstituted Military Commissions
NEW YORK - May 15 - Elisa Massimino, CEO and Executive Director of Human Rights First, today issued the following response to President Obama’s announcement that he intends to reconstitute military commissions to try suspected terrorists:
“Tinkering with the machinery of military commissions will not remove the taint of Guantanamo from future prosecutions. The president should listen to the many dedicated military lawyers who both defended and prosecuted cases in the commissions at Guantanamo who have said that the commissions are irredeemable. We cannot achieve justice by reverse engineering a process to enhance the likelihood of convictions. That’s not how we do things in this country. The federal criminal justice system has credibility and a proven track record of prosecuting terrorism cases without compromising national security or our Constitution’s values. President Obama should use it.”