Bush-Era Conviction of Bin Laden Driver Upheld

The U.S. Court of Military Commission Review’s 86-page ruling, released Friday evening, said not only did Salim Hamdan of Yemen get “a full and fair trial” at Guantanamo, but also said that the military can lawfully use a separate court to prosecute foreigners “whose purpose is to terrorize American citizens.”
The timing is significant. The ruling validated the war crime of providing material support to terrorism at a time when the Pentagon is preparing new cases. Five of the 171 captives currently at Guantanamo face death penalty prosecutions for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
And the trial of Bin Laden’s $200-a-month driver has long been a test case.

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