Publication Date: January 2008
Publisher: Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace
Author(s): Benjamin Wittes
Research Area: Law and ethics
Keywords: Terrorism; Guantanamo Bay
Coverage: United States
The charges prosecutors filed on February 11, 2008, against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and five other alleged September 11 conspirators cannot proceed credibly to trial in anything less than a viable court system. More than six years after the Bush administration first introduced military commissions, finally we will learn whether they offer a plausible means of trying terrorists or whether the system is the total flop it has seemed to be.
This essay appeared in the New Republic online on February 14, 2008.