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By Ivan J. Dominguez
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NACDL Responds to Announcement Concerning Transfer of Guatanamo Detainees
In light of the Nov. 13, 2009, announcement by the White House that the alleged “high value” Guantánamo detainees charged with planning or participating in the 9/11 attacks will now be tried in federal court rather than the constitutionally defective military commission system, Norman L. Reimer, executive director of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, released the following statement:
“Today’s decision by the Obama administration to transfer five so-called ‘high value’ prisoners to federal court is a victory for the Constitution and a vote of confidence in the American criminal justice system. Dozens of cases, before and after 9/11, have proven that the federal court system is capable of handling terrorism prosecutions, with reliable and trustworthy results, and no compromises in security or due process. The death penalty proceedings at Guantánamo had virtually none of the protections guaranteed
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