We're better than this

From yesterday's NY Times:

Witness Names to Be Withheld From Detainee
Published: December 1, 2007

Lawyers for a Guantánamo detainee have been ordered not to tell their client — or anyone else — the identity of witnesses against him.

But maybe the worst part of the story is the reporter's explanation of the principles involved:

. . . [the decision to withhold the identities] underscored the gap between military commission procedures and traditional American rules that the accused has a right to a public trial and to confront the witnesses against him.
Watching the SuperBowl with a group of friends while doing bong shots is a tradition. The right to know who's accusing you of a crime is a specifically granted by the Sixth Amendment of the Constitution, an amendement integral to the original Constitution.

Madison must be rolling over in his grave.

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