Friday, February 22, 2008

new DEFENSE witness in hamdan's trial -- former gitmo prosecutor

according to today's wall street journal,
col. morris davis, formerly a guantanamo
bay prosecutor, has agreed to testify for
the defense in the u.s. government's case
against osama bin laden's supposed driver:

. . .In another blow to the Bush administration, the military's former chief prosecutor at Guantanamo says he will testify in support of Osama bin Laden's former driver, who challenges his trial as politically rigged.

Col. Morris Davis, who resigned in October in a dispute with Defense Department superiors, said yesterday that he had agreed to testify at an April 28 hearing at the request of defense attorneys representing Salim Hamdan, who is charged with crimes including conspiracy with Mr. bin Laden. . .

this is deeply troubling evidence that
people of principle, the world over, even
some in military uniforms, feel that we,
as a nation, have lost our way, as a
one-time leader in respecting the rule of law.

we cannot advance freedom, if we
refuse to live by our own rules in conflicts.

p e a c e


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nolo said...

the above was a get rich-quick-scam-spam.

p e a c e

Liberality said...

at least he won't be party to a kangaroo court system, good for him. now let's see if the Bush (aka Satan's) administration won't block this move.

nolo said...

we shall see.

the administration may have
trouble blocking his testimony,
given that it is now requested
under the defendant's fundamental
sixth amendment right to put on
a defense -- including a defense
of government misconduct. it seems
likely that davis will say that, while he
(davis) thinks hamdan is guilty,
the process used to get the
evidence against him was funda-
mentally flawed -- tainted by
torture, among other things.

we shall see. in a follow-up,
today, patrick fitzgerald took a
swipe at mukasey's refusal to give
the u.s. atty. investigating
the torture tapes' destruction full-
on special counsel status, and
the powers attendant thereto.

and he did so in testimony before
the house judiciary subcommittee.