- Fatal-shooting victim ID'd; uncle said he tried to break up fight (9/29/16)19
- Driver charged with manslaughter in crash that killed 2 (9/27/16)
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Perryville High principal on leave; no reason given (9/28/16)9
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)9
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
- Animal-rescue group receives grant from rock star for spay, neuter assistance (9/28/16)1
- Monia pleads guilty to 9 counts of financial exploitation of elderly; dealings with murderer Joseph clarified (9/28/16)10
- Woman accused of pushing Wal-Mart employee after theft (9/27/16)
- Planning, design puts renovations of H-H building into hotel on hold (9/26/16)5
Secret tribunals could use some PR assistance
To the editor:
The Bush-Ashcroft plan to use secret trials on suspected noncitizen terrorists seems to have stirred up a lot of questions. I do not have a problem with these type of courts. They would probably eliminate the three-ring circus: no delay tactics, but efficient, swift and fair justice.
Unfortunately, the rest of the world may not see it that way. We have screwed up some important trials in the past. Foreign legal experts, to the surprise of many of us, are not impressed with our legal system.
The term "secret military tribunal" conjures up visions of Charlton Heston getting unfair justice from the Romans in the movie "Ben Hur." The attorney general should have conferred with advertising experts to change the wording. "Secret military tribunal" could be changed to "Freedom Rock trial." This catchy phrase sounds much less sinister. Picture the president using this wording the next time he says "tribunal."
Scott City, Mo.