Guantanamo Trials Rigged…

Well, there’s no real surprise there. I knew the minute I heard about the Military Commissions Act that those detainees would never get a fair trial. Bush can’t take the chance by allowing fair trials. Bush set that up to side-step OUR laws as well as the Geneva Conventions. Hell, even the SS got fair trials at Nuremburg.

As bad as Bush is, you have to wonder about the Military Officers blindly following him, knowing they are deliberately doing wrong. I guess that’s why they are Officers though (good little soldiers towing the line and never questioning authority). I’m all for order and following orders, but that doesn’t mean you follow orders you know are just plain wrong. These Military Officers should have stood up to him. I don’t care if he’s the Commander-in-Chief, that doesn’t make him God OR always right.

In my world, a good soldier, or follower, questions the one in the lead when necessary. I even allowed my own child to question me. Sometimes his questioning me was all it took for me to stop and think and realize that maybe I wasn’t quite as right as I thought at that moment. So I don’t understand blindly doing what you are told, when what you are doing you know is dead wrong.

A story in Common Dreams today:

Rigged Trials at Gitmo

by Ross Tuttle

Secret evidence. Denial of habeas corpus. Evidence obtained by waterboarding. Indefinite detention. The litany of complaints about the legal treatment of prisoners at Guantánamo Bay is long, disturbing and by now familiar. Nonetheless, a new wave of shock and criticism greeted the Pentagon’s announcement on February 11 that it was charging six Guantánamo detainees, including alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, with war crimes–and seeking the death penalty for all of them.

Now, as the murky, quasi-legal staging of the Bush Administration’s military commissions unfolds, a key official has told The Nation that the trials are rigged from the start. According to Col. Morris Davis, former chief prosecutor for Guantánamo’s military commissions, the process has been manipulated by Administration appointees in an attempt to foreclose the possibility of acquittal.

Colonel Davis’s criticism of the commissions has been escalating since he resigned this past October, telling the Washington Post that he had been pressured by politically appointed senior defense officials to pursue cases deemed “sexy” and of “high-interest” (such as the 9/11 cases now being pursued) in the run-up to the 2008 elections. Davis, once a staunch defender of the commissions process, elaborated on his reasons in a December 10, 2007, Los Angeles Times op-ed. “I concluded that full, fair and open trials were not possible under the current system,” he wrote. “I felt that the system had become deeply politicized and that I could no longer do my job effectively.”

Then, in an interview with The Nation in February after the six Guantánamo detainees were charged, Davis offered the most damning evidence of the military commissions’ bias–a revelation that speaks to fundamental flaws in the Bush Administration’s conduct of statecraft: its contempt for the rule of law and its pursuit of political objectives above all else.

Read the FULL STORY here.


~ by swfreedomlover on February 21, 2008.

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