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What Constitutes a Fair Trial?

Jack21 Wrote: May 12, 2012 6:16 PM
Article 1 Section 8: The Congress shall have Power: To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offenses against the Law of Nations; To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water; To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water; Article 2, section 2: The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States. That's the extent of it.

The trial of the alleged masterminds of 9/11, which began last week at the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will address some of the most profound issues of our era. Are natural rights truly inalienable, as Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence, or can the government take them away from those it hates or fears? Does the Constitution protect the rights of all persons who come in contact with the government, or does it protect only certain Americans, as the government argues? Can the government deny a person due process by changing the rules retroactively, or...