Open and shut, the terrorist confessed.
Nashiri said that while in CIA custody he was tortured into confessing to the Cole bombing and other acts of terrorism. … Nashiri was one of three terrorism suspects subjected to the controversial interrogation tactic known as waterboarding while in secret CIA custody abroad, CIA Director Michael V. Hayden told Congress in February.
The procedure simulates drowning and has been deemed torture by human rights advocates and most U.S. allies. Military interrogators and FBI agents have renounced its use.
There’s not a person in the world that wouldn’t confess to bombing the Cole after years of torture that included waterboarding. How can we say we brought him to justice if we use evidence obtained through torture to put him to death?
Want to know the real reason for the trial now?
Air Force Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Hartmann, legal advisor to tribunal Convening Authority Susan J. Crawford, was asked at a Pentagon news conference on Monday how the government expected to convict Nashiri on evidence that would be inadmissible in any other U.S. court. Hartmann said all evidence, including the allegations of torture, would be addressed by the tribunal.
Hartmann has spearheaded a drive by the tribunal to get high-profile cases under way before the November elections. The advisor was disqualified in May from one war crimes case after a judge ruled he lacked “independence from the prosecutor function.”
Think fast: Which countries torture prisoners into confessing, then have show trials just before elections? Was America your first guess? Should it have been?
In New York, U.N. human rights special envoy Philip Alston deemed the Guantanamo tribunal flawed for the restricted rights accorded detainees and rules that allowed coerced evidence and hearsay.
“It would violate international law to execute someone following this kind of proceeding,” Alston said at the end of a two-week U.S. visit.
We all know what happens when our government violates international law: Bush will send troops to liberate us.
The full article, written by Carol Williams of the LA Times, is a great read. We need more journalism like this.