Indefinite detention, torture and testimony obtained from torture, spying on attorney-client conversations, solitary confinement for months and years, no habeas corpus, military tribunals that suspend normal rules of due process, all these are now part of the brave new world that we live in as a result of the war on terror. Ah, for the days of the Cold War when the US used such charges to bludgeon the Soviet bloc nations as part of the propaganda blitz to show the world how evil they were and how superior the US system of justice was.
Stephen Colbert looks at what is going on with regards to the trials of people at Guantanamo.
In this next clip, Colbert interviews professor of law at Georgetown University and former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal who was part of the team that won the 2006 case Hamdan v. Rumsfeld in which the US Supreme Court ruled that the military commissions set up by the Bush administration at Guantanamo to try detainees were unconstitutional.
(These clips were aired on February 27, 2013. To get suggestions on how to view clips of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report outside the US, please see this earlier post.)