So far, the US media is not reporting the identity of the first victims of this process, but the BBC has already named two who are Britons. The father of one, himself a British Army vet of Indian descent, is deeply distressed, raising the obvious questions about fairness of the trials, saying that his kid was a teacher with no connection to the Taliban, and recounting that his letters hint at a coerced confession.
Americans once had a problem with a ruler who:
... has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
... has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
- For depriving us, in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury.
- For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences.
- For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments.
Do we still?