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Guantanamo military commission hearing for Noor Uthman Muhammed

An editorial piece published September 22, 2010 in The Huffington Post entitled "Guantanamo military commission hearing for Noor Uthman Muhammed" raises the point that trying "Noor's" case is like "trying to fit a square peg in a round hole." The author, Raha Wala, a Georgetown Fellow of Law and Security, notes that one reason Noor's case is taking so long (nearly 9 years by the time his case goes to trial) is "because it just doesn't fit the mold for a war crimes prosecution."

One reason for the "bad fit", proffered by the author, is that it is unclear whether a military commission can exert jurisdiction over Noor for the alleged acts that took place from the mid 1990s to 2000, before the US was at war with anyone and long before the establishment of the Commissions. 

Moreover, the alleged crimes, conspiracy and material support of terrorism, are not those crimes typically tried in the military commission setting, notes the author. For a complete discussion of issues surrounding Noor's case, some of which are currently being argued by counsel before the February trial date, click here for the full text of the article. 

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