Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Good news! (... I wonder why...)

Guantanamo man tortured into confessing: U.S. judge
By Jane Sutton Jane Sutton
28 Oct 2008
GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) – A young Guantanamo prisoner's confession to Afghan police was obtained through torture and cannot be used as evidence in his trial on charges of wounding U.S. soldiers with a grenade, a judge in the U.S. war crimes court ruled on Tuesday.
The military prosecutor in the case quit last month, alleging the U.S. government was suppressing evidence that cast doubt on Jawad's guilt. And a U.S. general who supervised the prosecutors was reassigned after fellow officers accused him of pushing for charges in the Jawad case prematurely because he felt it would excite the interest of U.S. citizens.

Note: The judge is Army Col. Stephen Henley, sitting on a Military Tribunal. This is not not some leftie-Pinko Fed judge.

I'm delighted with the ruling... but am wondering, "Why?"

A couple of answers present themselves:
1. As we've seen before, the JAG Corps really does seem to care about the law - regardless of what their current political masters might want.
2. These guys are just a little concerned that they might be held complicit in some future war-crimes trial!

The two answers are not mutually exclusive.

Hooray for Army Colonel Stephen Henley!

p.s. Recall: Gitmo houses ONLY 'the baddest of the bad'!!!

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