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Guantanamo Prosecutor Testifies for the Defense

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    Guantanamo Prosecutor s Testimony for the Defense It was a thought-provoking opening paragraph on page 14 of the May 5, 2008, edition of Time Magazine: Until
    Message 1 of 1 , May 5, 2008
      Guantanamo Prosecutor's Testimony for the Defense


      It was a thought-provoking opening paragraph on page 14 of the May 5,
      2008, edition of Time Magazine: "Until Air Force Colonel Morris Davis
      resigned in protest last fall, he was the gung-ho chief military
      prosecutor in charge of all cases at Guantanamo Bay. But before the
      end of April, Davis will be on the witness stand, testifying in
      defense of Salim Ahmed Hamdan, Osama bin Laden's onetime driver. Davis
      will swear, according to court papers, that top Pentagon officials
      interfered in planned detainee trials, subverting the judicial process
      for political reasons." (How's that for an opening line?)

      There was also a report on the same subject on the front page of the
      April 29 edition of The Washington Post newspaper with a caption that
      read, "From Chief Prosecutor to Critic at Guantanamo." This report
      states that Davis did indeed appear before a court at Gitmo on Monday
      (April 28), to argue that the process has been corrupted "by politics
      and inappropriate influence from senior Pentagon officials."

      Colonel Davis alleges that:

      - Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England asked him in 2007
      to charge some "high value detainees" before the November 2008 elections.

      - Former Defense Department General Counsel, William Haynes,
      pressured for convictions stating, "If we've been holding these guys
      for so long, how can we explain letting them get off?"

      - Air Force Brigadier General Thomas Hartmann, senior legal
      adviser to the tribunal, demanded "sexy" cases with "blood on them" to
      drum up public support for convictions - aka, the LYNCH MOB syndrome
      [our description].

      With the anticpated inclusion of questionable "confessions" extracted
      by torture, Davis reportedly told the Time reporter, "There is no
      question they wanted me to stage show trials that have nothing to do
      with the centuries-old tradition of military justice in America."

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