christopher heiser <christopher AT heiser DOT net>
Date Published: February 20th, 2008
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Gitmo Trials Fixed?

According to the former chief prosecutor, absolutely. Let's put this in perspective: a career lawyer in the military who had spent probably 20 years rising through the ranks to achieve a senior position and the rank of Colonel abruptly resigns his commission because:

"I said to him that if we come up short and there are some acquittals in our cases, it will at least validate the process," Davis continued. "At which point, [Haynes's] eyes got wide and he said, 'Wait a minute, we can't have acquittals. If we've been holding these guys for so long, how can we explain letting them get off? We can't have acquittals, we've got to have convictions.'"

Davis submitted his resignation on October 4, 2007, just hours after he was informed that Haynes had been put above him in the commissions' chain of command. "Everyone has opinions," Davis says. "But when he was put above me, his opinions became orders."

In the US military, you don't just walk out the door because you have a bad day or get passed over for promotion. This was a serious accusation. And now the military feels it needs convictions to justify the war and the continued travesty of the internment camp at Guantanamo. How the US handles this says a lot about our commitment to the rule of law.

by Christopher Heiser on February 20 09:42
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