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Do Suspected Terrorists Have Rights to Trials? - John Coughenour

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2010/01/22/One_Year_Counting_When_Will_Guantanamo_Close U.S. District Court Judge John C. Coughenour rejects the practice of using "another set of rules" to convict suspected terrorists. "We either live up to our responsibilities as being a leader in human rights and commitment to our Constitution, or we shouldn't profess to be what we say we are." ----- January 22, 2010 marks President Obama's self-imposed deadline for closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, which he set by Executive Order one year earlier, on his second day in office. This discussion examines the obstacles that are preventing President Obama from fulfilling his promise, when and how Guantanamo is likely to close, and the impact of the attempted Christmas Day airline bombing on the politics of closing the detention facility. The discussion also illuminates why it is essential that America comply with the rule of law as it continues its efforts to close Guantanamo. - Open Society Institute John C. Coughenour is a U.S. District Court Judge. He was appointed by Ronald Reagan in 1981. Before being appointed as a judge, Coughenour was a leading litigator with Bogle & Gates and has taught trial and appellate practice at the University of Washington School of Law.
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