Rear Admiral John D. Hutson (Ret. USN) discusses his article “Military Commissions Are a Failed Experiment, Try Terror Suspects in Civilian Courts;” how commissions are traditionally and properly used to quickly determine the status of captured enemy soldiers on a battlefield; why the greatest US export is (was) justice and equal protection under the law, not democracy; how Guantanamo trials are set up to guarantee conviction – even more so than the near-certainty in federal courts; relying on the goodwill of the President and Attorney General to uphold and enforce laws against torture; and how al-Qaeda, by all accounts a decimated terrorist organization, has frightened Americans into giving up their Bill of Rights.
MP3 here. (23:35)
Rear Admiral John D. Hutson, JAGC, USN (Ret.) served in the U. S. Navy from 1973 to 2000. He was the Navy’s Judge Advocate General from 1997 to 2000. He is Dean Emeritus at the University of New Hampshire School of Law in Concord, New Hampshire, where he served as Dean & President from July 2000 through January 2011.