Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Conscience ...

There are some for whom sleep, after seeing the America they took an oath to defend go down the tubes since September 11, has become a very tenuous thing. To wit:

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, April 28 -- The Defense Department's former chief prosecutor for terrorism cases appeared Monday at the controversial U.S. detention facility here to argue on behalf of a terrorism suspect that the military justice system has been corrupted by politics and inappropriate influence from senior Pentagon officials.


[USAF Col. Morris] Davis also decried as unethical a decision by top military officials to allow the use of evidence obtained by coercive interrogation techniques. He said Air Force Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Hartmann, the legal adviser to the top military official overseeing the commissions process, was improperly willing to use evidence derived from waterboarding, a form of simulated drowning. "To allow or direct a prosecutor to come into the courtroom and offer evidence they felt was torture, it puts a prosecutor in an ethical bind," Davis testified. But he said Hartmann replied that "everything was fair game -- let the judge sort it out." [my em]


The Bush administration wasn't looking for convictions, much as the prosecution was trying to avoid acquittals. They wanted propaganda fodder, to Hell with the outcome of the trial. They don't care about "keepin' us safer", never did, they just care about how it all would play during election season.

Great thanks to our pal Montag for the link.

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