A jury of six United States military officers convicted Osama bin Laden’s driver of supporting terrorism but cleared him of conspiracy charges in the first war crimes trial to be held at Guantanamo Bay. The Pentagon selected jury deliberated for eight hours over the course of three days before rendering their verdict. Salim Hamdan wept at the news of his conviction. Lt. Cmdr. Brian Mizer, the defense attorney for Hamdan commented: “I don’t know if the panel can render fair what has already happened.” He insisted the court admitted evidence that would not be allowed in any civilian or military court in the United States. Mizer said the government’s case was tainted by coercive tactics, including sleep deprivation and soltary confinement.
Senator John McCain hailed the verdict as an example of American justice in action and noted the jury did not find Hamdan guilty of all charges. According to McCain “they might not have hit a home run but at least they hit a triple.” Of course, the issue is a human being’s life, not a ball game. We can expect Senator McCain, if elected president, to continue the farce that is known as a “trial” in Guantanamo.