07 July 2009

House Judiciary subcommittee to have hearing on military commissions

[UPDATED] Tomorrow at 1000 (US Eastern Time), in room 2141 of the Rayburn House Office Building, the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties of the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the "Legal Issues Surrounding the Military Commissions Systems."

The chairman of the subcommittee is Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and the ranking GOP is Rep. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-Wis). The witnesses (which I confirmed with Judiciary's communications director) are:

Congressman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.)

Lt. Col. Darrel Vandeveld
Former Prosecutor, Guantanamo Bay Military Commissions

Deborah Pearlstein
Associate Research Scholar, Princeton University

Thomas Joscelyn
Senior Fellow and Executive Director
Center for Law and Counterterrorism, Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Denny LeBoeuf
Director, John Adams Project, ACLU

While this hearing is not related to America's own troops or the UCMJ I'm very curious as to what is going to come from the hearing. Remember, when the GOP held majority status in the 109th Congress that it saw fit to grant enemy combatants Supreme Court access while indefinitely tabling the first Equal Justice bill.

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