Five men accused of connection with the 9/11 attacks of 2001 emerged this week from the isolation of the Guantanamo detention centre to stand before a military commission. Each entered a guilty plea and demanded the death sentence. Their spokesperson Khaled Sheikh Mohammed had been subjected to torture.
The US state wants a trial that returns a guilty verdict as this would seemingly prove that the notorious Guantanamo camp had achieved justice for the victims of 9/11.
Guantanamo is a test for Barack Obama in the first few months of his presidency.
A decision has to be made on whether the show trials should proceed. Obama will also be expected to act on his pledge to shut Guantanamo down. One thing is sure – justice is absent from Guantanamo.