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From the Ministry of Truth…


At the close of a lengthy dispatch today by the Department of Defense, we find this risible assertion:

Military commissions are regularly constituted courts, affording all the necessary judicial guarantees which are recognized as indispensable by civilized peoples for purposes of Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions.

In Hamdan the Supreme Court said just the opposite, and the Military Commissions Act of 2006—a piece of legislation which will stand in history alongside such gems as the Alien and Sedition Act and Fugitive Slave Act as a reminder of the kind of evil that Congress is capable of when it really works at it—only made the situation worse.

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