JUSTICE

Obama to Renew Military Commissions

First, the Obama administration announced that it would withhold photos of detainees. Now, it will unveil another policy decision that will hearten Bush-era officials: it will officially renew military tribunals for prosecuting terrorism suspects, a move that has outraged human rights groups who see the military commissions as tainted relics of Bush policy. The administration has included revisions on the tribunals: it will ban any information gained from coercion, and says it will give detainees more freedom to choose lawyers. A group of retired military officers have warned Obama that the renewed commissions could result in an "erosion of international confidence" in the American justice system.