The Department of Defense has launched a website, Military Commissions, devoted to coverage of trials by the military courts in operation at Guantanamo to try accused terrorists. Notably, the site allows users to view and download documents and court filings from the commission cases against specific individuals and to obtain summaries of the charges against them.

The site also provides a description of military commissions and how they work. It includes an interesting chart that compares the rules and procedures in military commissions with those in courts-martial and Article III courts. There is also a collection of significant court opinions relating to military commissions and of current and historical documents pertaining to the commissions. There is even a section providing details on travel to Guantanamo Bay.

The Pentagon created the site, it says, to help “provide fair and transparent trials of those persons subject to trial by Military Commissions while protecting national security interests.”

[Hat tip to The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.]

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