One of the interesting things about the case of Bilal Hussein, the Associated Press photographer who’s been detained by the U.S. military in Iraq without charges, is that it is giving us as close to a behind-the-scenes look as we’re going to get of what happens to “enemy combatants” when the U.S. military decides to disappear them from view.
So there have now been three hearings held by the U.S. Military against Hussein. And if the AP’s correct, the defendant himself has been at none of them. The defendant has not had a chance to present any evidence on his own behalf, or to argue his own case, or to have his representatives argue his case. Nor was he even informed of two of the hearings. In the case of the third hearing, he learned about it after it happened.
Makes you feel proud, don’t it?