Editor's note: This contribution by the late journalist I.F. Stone first appeared in our January 1975 magazine.
The Kangaroo Court down in Guantanamo that is supposed to be putting Khalid Sheikh Mohammed on trial is really getting bouncy.
Turns out that the U.S. government had planted listening devices in the smoke detectors in Mohammed's cell and in the cells of four other defendants.
That makes a mockery of the ability of the defendants to consult confidentially with their clients and get anything resembling a fair trial.
And there's mystery behind the mockery, since the commander of the Guantanamo prison testified that he didn't even know that this secret taping was going on.
On top of that, the courtroom microphones are very hot, so that when defense counsels are talking to their clients, the prosecutors may be able to pick up those conversations, too, as the Guardian has reported.
And the Guardian also says that during cell searches, guards are grabbing defendants' legal documents.
This has all the hallmarks of a star chamber proceeding, including the bizarre cutting off of the audio feed last month when defense counsel raised the issue of torture.
All of a sudden, by remote control from some U.S. intelligence agency, the feed was interrupted.
If this was happening at some trial in Putin's Russia, we'd be aghast.
But when it's happening down in Guantanamo, by our own government, no one seems to care.
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