The Crime that Dare Not Speak Its Name

by Kevin Jon Heller

More follies from the Khalid Sheikh Mohammed military commission:

The video and audio feed from the war court at Guantanamo Bay is on a time delay so as to prevent accidental or deliberate disclosure of classified information during proceedings. As Khalid Sheik Mohammed and the other alleged 9/11 plotters were being arraigned last Saturday, the feed abruptly cut out.

Reporters and observers heard only white noise for a few moments because a military security officer censored one of the defense attorneys, Air Force Capt. Michael Schwartz, after Schwartz alluded to the torture of his client. Just before the military cut the feed, Schwartz used the phrase “big boy pants” to refer to torture, mockingly adopting the euphemism employed by former CIA official Jose Rodriguez in an interview two weeks ago.

Because fairness means pretending that you didn’t torture one of the defendants 183 times in a month.

http://opiniojuris.org/2012/05/10/the-crime-that-dare-not-speak-its-name/

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