Military Tribunals Ruled Legal
However, it never made sense that terrorists be tried in America just like common U.S. citizen lawbreakers, or even as members of enemy nations' armed forces. These terrorists are non-citizens, and they're members of rogue groups not tied to any country. The Military Commissions Act gets rid of the legal confusion about what to do with them.
JAG Hunter here: There was never any "legal confusion" regarding how to detain or punish our enemies. Congress was able from the beginning to amend language in America's Articles of War, since renamed the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), to allow for criminal punishment of terrorists. However, using the UCMJ to simultaneously prosecute Marines, soldiers, sailors under the same system of discipline used to punish terrorists would have focused ferocious attention from voters on the real workings of the UCMJ. Enacting the Military Commissions Act was a clever, deceitful, actually sinister tactic by the Congress and military governors to deflect attention.
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