Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Rigged Trials at Gitmo

An article in the March edition of The Nation by Ross Tuttle is a bit disturbing. Colonel Morris Davis, former chief prosecutor for Guantanamo's military commissions says he resigned after William Haynes was promoted above him in the commissions' chain of command. Davis says Haynes said the trials will be the Nuremberg of our time. Davis said he noted that at Nuremberg there had been some acquittals, that had lent great credibility to the proceedings. Davis said to Haynes, if we come up short and there are some acquittals in our cases, it will at least validate the process. At that point, Haynes 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.
An ACLU staff attorney named Ben wizner said the trial doesn't make a difference. They can hold you there forever until they decide to let you out. He added, the one person to be released from Guantanamo through the Judicial process, Australian David Hicks, Pleaded guilty. Wizner wrote in the L.A. Times "in an ordinary justice system, the accused must be acquitted to be released. In Guantanamo, the accused must plead guilty to be released. Chech out the whole story here:
Does this not conflict with our constitution?

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