Â “I care not for myself; our enemies deserve nothing less than what we would expect from them were the situations reversed. More than anything, I hope we can rediscover some of our American values.”
* Your enemies wouldn’t blink to chop your head off and scream Allahu akbar, you dumb f*kc..
(Seriously deluded) Guantanamo prosecutor accuses Pentagon of ethical misconduct in terrorist trials
* A military prosecutor quit his job after concluding that the trial system at the US detainment facility Guantanamo Bay amounted to a “creeping rot” of injustice.
Army reservist Lieutenant Colonel Darrel Vandeveld approached a Jesuit priest over the internet to discuss his doubts over his role in prosecuting Mohammad Jawad, an Afghan who was detained as juvenile. He even asked Jawad’s defence lawyer for advice on how to abandon his role.
Lt Col Vandeveld’s concerns centred on attempts to withhold evidence from Mr Jawad defence. Much of the special Military Commissions system set up to try detainees at Guantanamo has been dominated by battles by defence teams to obtain information from the Pentagon. After resigning his reservist commission, Lt Col Vandeveld said prosecutors were so determined to deny the accused a fair trial that its role amounted to “ethical misconduct”.
The Pentagon prosecutors have attempted to secure a very narrow definition of evidence that defence teams can view and use to defend the detainees. Jawad’s military lawyer, Air Force Major David Frakt has aggressively challenged the government’s attempts to withhold evidence. Lt Col Vandeveld said he quit after reading material that suggested Jawad was underage when detained, was under the influence of drugs at the time of his alleged crime and had been abused by US forces after he was captured.
Father John Dear, a Roman Catholic peace activist, advised the devout military lawyer that he could “save lives” if he resigned and spoke out against the behaviour of the Penatagon. “I don’t know how else the creeping rot of the commissions and the politics that fostered and continued to surround them could be exposed to the curative powers of the sunlight,” said Lt Col Vandeveld. “I care not for myself; our enemies deserve nothing less than what we would expect from them were the situations reversed. More than anything, I hope we can rediscover some of our American values.”
The US military was last month forced to reassign the head of the prosecutor’s office, Brigadier General Thomas Hartmann after he was disqualified from the Jawad case by the military judge. Maj Frakt said Brig Hartmann had tried to force Lt Col Vandeveld to undergo psychiatric tests after he expressed disquiet with the system.