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Military Commissions Documents

A host of instructions, orders and memoranda helped establish a framework and defined measures for how military commissions have operated in the United States. Today, military commissions procedures are also governed by laws, rules and regulations issued by the U.S. Congress and the Secretary of Defense.
Present-day military commissions operate in accordance with documents that include the following: those detailing who may be tried by military commission and for what crimes; basic protections to which an accused is entitled; rules of procedure and evidence applicable to trials by military commission; and instructions for attorneys practicing before military commissions and the U.S. Court of Military Commission Review (USCMCR).