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February 01, 2011

Huffington Post: Ghailani Trial Gets It Right

Op-ed by Major General Paul D. Eaton, USA (Ret.).

Last week, in a courtroom in New York City, U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan handed down a life sentence without parole to Ahmed Ghailani, a conspirator in the bombing of two U.S. embassies in Africa and the first Guantanamo Bay detainee to be tried in civilian court. The sentencing represents both a practical and moral victory for justice, fundamental rights and the rule of law.

Practically, by trying Ghailani in civilian courts, he was treated as the criminal that he is -- not as a soldier, as those who advocate military commissions would have him be. I spent 30 years in the U.S. army fighting to defend the Constitution and protect our country. I know soldiers, and Ghailani is not a soldier. He does not deserve that status.

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