"Guantanamo Six" on Trial

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There is no death row or execution chamber at Guantanamo, but the Army is working on it. On Monday, the Pentagon made public murder and conspiracy charges against six Guantanamo inmates accused in the attacks of 9/11, and announced it will seek the death penalty before a military tribunal.

The military's own JAG legal community and observers around the world are deeply divided over whether such a trial can be fair. Torture, justice, six lives, and America's reputation are at issue.

This hour, On Point: the Guantanamo Six head to trial, and the whole world is watching.Guests:

Scott Silliman, professor of law at Duke University, where he is executive director of the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security. He served for 25 years in the Air Force, where he managed 715 active duty and reserve lawyers.

John Hutson, dean of Franklin Pierce Law Center and former Judge Advocate General of the US Navy.

John Bickers, professor at the Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University. He served as an Army Judge Advocate for 15 years.

Michael Isikoff, investigative reporter for Newsweek magazine.

This program aired on February 14, 2008.


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