Modal close

Hi there,

This week, Democracy Now! is celebrating our 22nd birthday. Since our first show in February 1996, our daily news hour has brought you fearless journalism and hard-hitting news you can trust--all without ads or corporate underwriting. How is this possible? Only with your support. In fact, if everyone reading this gave just $4, it would cover our operating expenses for the whole year. Right now, a generous donor will TRIPLE every donation, meaning your gift today will go three times as far. Pretty amazing, right? Please do your part. Take a moment to give right now for our 22nd birthday.

Non-commercial news needs your support.

We rely on contributions from you, our viewers and listeners to do our work. If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, now is a great time to make your monthly contribution.

Please do your part today.

Donate

Secret U.S. Military Tribunal to Try Non-Citizens; the Justice Department Asks Law Enforcement Agencies to Pick Up 5,000 Legal Immigrants From the Middle East for Questioning It Calls Voluntary

Listen
Media Options
Listen

Related

President Bush signed an order yesterday allowing special military tribunals to try people accused of terrorism. A senior administration official said that any such trials would “not necessarily” be public and that the American tribunals might operate in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Under the order, the president himself is to determine who is an accused terrorist and therefore subject to trial by the tribunal. A senior Justice Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said only non citizens would be tried before the military commission.

The United States has not convened such a tribunal since World War II.Then, President Franklin Roosevelt had suspected World War II saboteurs secretly tried by military commission, andsix were executed. The Supreme Court upheld the proceeding.

Meanwhile, the Justice Department has asked law enforcement authorities across the country to pick up and question5,000 men, most from Middle Eastern countries, who entered the country legally in the last two years.

The names of the 5,000 were compiled from immigration and State Department records of people who entered the countryon tourist, student or business visas. Only men aged 18 to 33 are on the list.

Guest:

  • Michael Ratner, civil rights attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights.

Related link:

Related Story

Video squareStoryFeb 12, 2018Remembering the Extraordinary Life of Pakistani Human Rights Lawyer & Activist Asma Jahangir
The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

Non-commercial news needs your support

We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
Please do your part today.
Make a donation
Up arrowTop