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ACLU Monitoring Unconstitutional Guantánamo Military Commissions Today

American Civil Liberties Union is at Guantánamo monitoring the military
commission hearings of Saudi national Ahmed Mohammed Al Darbi scheduled
for today.

Jennifer Turner of the ACLU Human Rights Program will be observing today's proceedings.

Al Darbi, who has been held in U.S.
custody for six years, has been charged with conspiracy and providing
material support for terrorism based on alleged connections to al-Qaeda.

Tainted by political interference,
the Guantánamo military commission proceedings have been marred by
ethical and legal problems from day one. Among other things, the
proceedings allow the admission of secret evidence, hearsay and
evidence obtained through torture. The Bush administration has admitted
that at least three detainees in its custody have been subjected to

The ACLU has been present as an
independent observer at nearly every commission hearing since 2004 and
continues to see no indication that the proceedings are fair, impartial
or in accordance with constitutional principles.

An ACLU video, along with a petition
calling on President-elect Obama to shut down Guantánamo and the
military commissions, is online at:



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