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Justice reform — mañana

23 April 2010

Staving off the inevitable for another few months, the administration has finally agreed to promised reforms to military law… but only in the next Congressional session.  Constitutionally, the use of the military as police on the scale being done today is illegal, a situation even recognized by the military leaders themselves, and a factor in the U.S. insistence that Mexico “regularize” the situation.  What the U.S. apparently didn’t mean was what the opposition proposed, taking the military out of civilian law enforcement and — if applying civilian law to military personnel when acting in a civilian capacity.

While the military leaders do not want to be policemen, while they are, they do not want to be held to civil legal procedures.  However, military law doesn’t seem to be much use in holding individual soldiers accountable for human rights abuses, nor are survivors of “collateral damage” able to seek justice under the present system.

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