Kevin Drum links an Economist story comparing military tribunals and other courts. Since it’s unavailable-to-nonsubscribers and they want $19.95 a month to subscribe, I’ll remain in the dark, I guess.
Still, the chart which Kevin provides is not too flattering. Now, granted, putting “civil judge” atop the list is a bit misleading since military tribunals by definition lack these. And one can even understand some limitations on discovery, given the nature of classified information. But the lack of juries, lawyer-client confidentiality, and right to appeal are worrisome. Indeed, these are all available in military proceedings under the UCMJ. One wonders why the Administration would risk this PR hit when the war on terrorism could be waged successfully under the normal rules.
Matthew posts a link to a free article on the subject in the comments.