Six Guantanamo prisoners are soon to be put on trial before U.S. military tribunals for potentially capital crimes in Guantánamo Bay.
What sort of trials are they going to get? According to Col. Morris Davis, former chief prosecutor for Guantánamo’s military commissions:
"[Defense Department General Counsel William Haynes] said these trials will be the Nuremberg of our time," recalled Davis, referring to the Nazi tribunals in 1945, considered the model of procedural rights in the prosecution of war crimes. In response, Davis said he noted that at Nuremberg there had been some acquittals, which had lent great credibility to the proceedings.
"I said to him that if we come up short and there are some acquittals in our cases, it will at least validate the process," Davis continued. "At which point, [Haynes’s] eyes got wide and he said, ‘Wait a minute, we can’t have acquittals. If we’ve been holding these guys for so long, how can we explain letting them get off? We can’t have acquittals. We’ve got to have convictions.’"
What can you do about this sorry state of affairs? Buy underwear, of course! Reprieve UK, a nonprofit which is representing some of the detainees, has recently entered the "intimate apparel" business, according to Legal Director Clive Stafford-Smith:
Along with our allies at the lingerie designers Agent Provocateur, we developed a line of intimate apparel in Guantanamo orange, with "Fair Trial My Arse" emblazoned across the derrière.
The underpants cost £35, which is a small price to pay not only for justice, but for transparent underwear (trust me on this!) [h/t JR]