Critics Force US to Review Terror Tribunal Findings

Hundreds of inmates cases to be reviewed
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 12, 2007 4:32 AM CDT
A Guantanamo detainee sits in the sun while waiting out the day-time Ramadan fast, at Camp 4 medium-security facility for "compliant"detainees, at Guantanamo Bay US Naval Base, Cuba, Tuesday, Oct. 9,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Facing mounting criticism of the justice system at Guantanamo Bay, US authorities will review hundreds of cases against inmates detained there. Officials have begun seeking new evidence or overlooked information because the  tribunal process which classified the inmates as enemy combatants has come under fire. The reviews could lead to new hearings for men who have spent years in custody, AP reports.

"With all the outside eyes looking in, it's forcing us to say, 'OK, did we take everything into consideration?'" said the Navy officer who oversees the panels. Critics contend that the action proves the system has been flawed from the beginning. "Conducting new tribunals—even discussing the possibility—repudiates every prior assertion that the original tribunals were valid," said one critic.