Guantanamo Show Trials June 3, 2008

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

June 3, 2008

Col. Peter E. Brownback III was chosen to serve as a judge in the military commissions at Guantanamo Bay. Pretrial proceedings in the case of Omar Ahmed Khadr had scarcely begun before Brownback was removed by the chief presiding judge, Col. Ralph Kohlman.

Brownback?s removal came shortly after he compelled the prosecution to provide records of Khadr?s incarceration. The prosecution balked at this order, most likely out of concern that the records would disclose torture and other mistreatment of the defendant.

Months ago, Col. Morris D. Davis, former Chief Prosecutor at Gitmo, resigned to protest what he called a system of rigged political prosecutions. Col. Brownback?s punitive dismissal vindicates Davis?s critique.

Incidentally, Khadr is on trial for the killing of a US soldier on the battlefield. This is a terrible thing, but since when is it a war crime or terrorist act worthy of a special tribunal to kill an enemy soldier in combat?

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

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