Saturday, June 23, 2007

Gitmo in the spotlight



Keith Olbermann interviews Neil Katyal, a Georgetown law prof on the quagmire that is Gitmo and underscores how scattered the Bush administration is on what to do about the situation. The close Gitmo advocates in the administration outweigh its proponents - principally Cheney and Gonzales. Katyal makes a notable statement, Gonzales as A.G. being afraid of the Constitution and what might occur should these prisoners be transferred to the United States...they might seek out the court system. Yikes! You can't have that in Gonzales' and Bush's America!

There'd be good reason to be fearful. Yesterday a military intelligence officer provided a significant basis for questioning the proceedings there:
The military hearings used to decide whether to hold Guantánamo detainees relied on incomplete and outdated information, screened by officers who were under intense pressure from their commanders to conclude that the detainees should be held, a reserve military intelligence officer and lawyer who had a role in the process said in an affidavit filed yesterday in a federal appeals court.
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“What purported to be specific statements of fact lacked even the most fundamental earmarks of objectively credible evidence,” the officer, Stephen E. Abraham, a civilian business lawyer in Newport Beach, Calif., said in the affidavit filed in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Abraham, an Army Reserve lieutenant colonel, added that the evidence against the detainees often “lacked detail” and consisted of “generalized statements” of culpability, rather than specific evidence.
More here in today's NYTimes about the legal black hole that remains open for business and the dreaded "litigation risk" that these prisoners pose to the Bush administration.