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Administration Makes Mystery Amendments to Court-Martial Procedures

UCMJ Are you a Marine who's been doing something naughty? Scared you're gonna get found out and wind up face-to-face with a still-new-to-Scientology-not-yet-completely-insane Tom Cruise asking you for the truth?

If that's the case, you might want to peruse the "Manual for Courts-Martial," and get a sense of what sort of procedure you'll be up against. Assuming your hearing will not take place in the next few weeks, you're out of luck. As reported on the Suits & Sentences blog, President Obama signed an executive order on August 31, authorizing amendments to the manual. The amendments, which are effective September 30, purport to be "described in the Annex attached and made a part of this order."

But the Annex has not been made public, leading some observers to question whether the new version remains classified (not knowing a whole lot about the military, I'd guess that's unlikely). According to Suits & Sentences, a White House spokesman has stated that the Annex will be published in the Federal Register "in due time." Cold comfort to some of the commenters at emptywheel, who have invoked both Orwell and "Animal House" (no, not "Animal Farm") in opining on the issue.

Posted by Eric Lipman on September 7, 2010 at 12:23 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

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