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Criminal defense bar: new military tribunal rules could backfire against US

[JURIST] In a letter [text, WPD] to the Department of Defense General Counsel released Friday, the President of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers [official website] said the new Pentagon draft instruction [PDF text] on crimes justiciable by military commissions could end up posing a danger to US military personnel. The NADCL is concerned that "the proposed Instruction is so alien to recognized principles of international law, especially the Law of Armed Conflict, that by implementing them, the Department of Defense is seriously jeopardizing the legal rights and privileges of American military members abroad, should they become captured." Read the NADCL Military Law Committee's full report on the draft military commission instruction [WPD text].

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