22 February 2008

Ex-Gitmo Prosecutor Offers to Testify for Defense

Air Force Col. Morris Davis, who resigned from his position as Guantanamo Chief Prosecutor, is offering to testify on behalf of the defense. (here and here)

The defense is arguing that political interference violates the Military Commissions Act, and I expect that Col. Davis will be offering evidence to confirm this.

This is a very brave thing to do.
"I think the rules are fair," he said. "I think the problem is having political appointees injected into the system. They are looking for a political outcome, not justice."

He alleges, for example, that senior officials pushed for a plea bargain in March 2007 for Australian David Hicks, allowing him to serve a nine-month sentence in his homeland for aiding the Taliban.

Davis said the sentence was too lenient and was orchestrated to help Australian Prime Minister John Howard, who was under criticism domestically for his support of President Bush and U.S. policies.
I hope that his testimony is public, but given the fact that the military has already forbidden him from appearing before congress on this matter.

If I were the defense, I'd get a subpoena, which would make any order for him not to appear illegal.


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