Tuesday, August 02, 2005

'Guantanamo trials rigged'

ABC is reporting that the military commissions set up to try detainees at Guantanamo Bay are rigged, fraudulent, and thin on evidence against the accused.

Two significant emails have been revealed that seem to show that Donald Rumsfield promise to stick as close as possible to the geneva convention is pure rhetoric

prosecutor Major Robert Preston said in the email

"I consider the insistence on pressing ahead with cases that would be marginal even if properly prepared to be a severe threat to the reputation of the military justice system and even a fraud on the American people,"
"Surely they don't expect that this fairly half-arsed effort is all that we have been able to put together after all this time."

"After all, writing a motion saying that the process will be full and fair when you don't really believe it is kind of hard, particularly when you want to call yourself an officer and lawyer."

the second email is from prosecutor, Captain John Carr states

"When I volunteered to assist with this process and was assigned to this office, I expected there would at least be a minimal effort to establish a fair process and diligently prepare cases against significant accused," he wrote.
"Instead, I find a half-hearted and disorganised effort by a skeleton group of relatively inexperienced attorneys to prosecute fairly low-level accused in a process that appears to be rigged."

full story from abc hERE

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