On the other hand, these details are disturbing:
Defense Secretary Robert Gates is submitting to Congress a manual for trials of detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay that would allow the admission of hearsay evidence and coerced testimony, a Pentagon official told reporters Thursday.The report that detainees would have the right to independent counsel is encouraging, although it is less encouraging when a top Pentagon official makes comments that seem designed to intimidate any lawyers from representing one of the Gitmo detainees.
The manual was drafted to comply with a law passed last year that restored the Bush administration's military commissions created to try terrorist suspects.
The Supreme Court had struck down the commissions as unconstitutional.
… About 400 detainees are being held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.