No tweeting in Gitmo

You can cover a military trial, but you can't microblog it

Published April 29, 2010 7:15PM (EDT)

Spencer Ackerman, in Cuba covering the military trial of Canadian citizen and Guantánamo inmate Omar Khadr, was almost indefinitely detained himself -- for the crime of tweeting. It sounds suspiciously like no one knows how these military commissions are actually supposed to work (least of all the defendant, who declined to attend a hearing this morning because he was in pain and felt he was being humiliated) and the rules are being written on-the-fly by the Pentagon. Sounds so much better than our old-fashioned, 200-year-old "traditional" justice system, right? Doesn't it all just make you feel so safe?

By Alex Pareene

Alex Pareene writes about politics for Salon and is the author of "The Rude Guide to Mitt." Email him at and follow him on Twitter @pareene

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