Show Trials

Justice . . . R.I.P.

In a dramatic confluence of events today, two kangaroo courts announced their pre-determined guilty verdicts.

In the first, 6 "military jurors" hand-picked by the Pentagon for their loyalty to the U.S. government and its views, convicted Bin Laden's alleged driver, Salim Hamdan, even though the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that it was unconstitutional to try Gitmo detainees before a military tribunal, the former chief Gitmo prosecutor said the trials were unfair and rigged, and even though Hamdan was unlawfully tortured.

Nothing suspicious here.

It's like we're living inside a really badly written spy novel and the scariest part about it is that, not only the participants but the readers all believe it's reality.
Is there anything suspicious about the fact this guy was working for the Foreign Affairs Ministry? Is there not some sort of terrorist background screening going on here?
And what about the security levels at unprecedented levels?
This is badly written as the pathetic "Toronto 19" trial.
Scary times indeed.
Nothing suspicious here.
Oh, look a sports match and a celebrity sighting.
What were we talking about again? I'm suitably distracted.

Stalin's Show Trials: Our Best Response to the Gitmo Trials

Our best response may be to contrast the Gitmo trials with Stalin's Show Trials.

"The Moscow Trials were a series of trials of political opponents of Joseph Stalin during the Great Purge. After Nikita Khrushchev's revelations in the 1950s, the Moscow Trials are today universally acknowledged as show trials in which the verdicts were predetermined using extorted confessions."

We correctly compared 9/11 to the Reichstag Fire. The historical precedent for the Gitmo detainees is Stalin's Show Trials.

Stalin and Terrorism:
(This follows the 1934 assassination of Kirov)