Despite the right of media access to commission proceedings under the Military Commissions Act, the Administration has barred press from the current trials in Cuba.
President Bush has been criticized internationally for creating little more than kangaroo courts in Cuba. Now, it seems that the military has decided that the best way to deal with public criticism is to avoid public review. These limitations have nothing to do with any classified matter. There are procedures for such hearings. Congress should step in to guarantee such access. Justice rarely occurs behind closed doors. The Framers guaranteed public trials because they understood that justice must be open to be fair. For the full story, click here