Most Pressing Question at Guantanamo: When Will it End?

'Quest for the perception of fairness' undermines hijacker trial.

A detainee walks across a recreation ground inside the U.S. military prison for 'enemy combatants' in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Oct. 27, 2009.
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"Because the novelty of the system they're in, these cases will linger. And [Mohammed] will remain a newsmaker on the front pages of the papers long after he should have been just sitting, for the rest of his life, in jail."

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As for the actual trial, U.S. News asked these experts to give their best prediction on when it would start.

Eviatar: "Within two years, maybe. Maybe 2015. It's really hard to know because the amount of evidence is going to be massive, it hasn't yet been produced, and you can see how slowly these pretrial hearings proceed."

Vladeck: "Not before the end of next summer at the absolute earliest—and that's assuming no unforeseen complications between now and then, hardly a safe bet given what's transpired thus far."

Pearlstein: "I'm not sure I'd want to hazard a guess. I would hope certainly within the year."

The next pre-trial hearings are scheduled to begin April 22.

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