The Bush terrorist trials begin:
Their war-crimes tribunal is the highest-profile test yet of the military's tribunal system, which faces an uncertain future. It also threatens to expose harsh interrogation techniques used on the men, who were in CIA custody before being transferred to Guantanamo in 2006.
A sound feed to journalists from the courtroom was turned off twice. The first time, a soldier told reporters it was because a detainee was discussing a medication he had been given, which was a privacy issue.
But his defense attorney, Navy Cmdr. Suzanne Lachelier, told The Associated Press later that the prisoner had been discussing his five years as a prisoner of the United States.
The sound was also turned off when another defendant discussed early days of his imprisonment. Judge Ralph Kohlmann said that in both cases sound was turned off because classified information was discussed.
How much of the world will see these trials as anything but show trials, worthy of being put along side Stalin's political trials? Bush aspired to be the ultimate strong man, and in the area of torture and unjust trials, he has succeeded in becoming the Stalin mini-me. Perhaps this is understandable for one who looks in the eyes of Putin, ex-KGB chief, and sees the soul of a sincere man.
Your turn now.