The Price Of Justice Is Sometimes Looking Stupid

Ex-Prosecutor at Gitmo to Aid Defense

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – In a stunning turnaround, the former chief military prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay said Thursday he would be a defense witness for the driver of Osama bin Laden.

Air Force Col. Morris Davis, who resigned in October over alleged political interference in the U.S. military tribunals, told The Associated Press he will appear at a hearing for Salim Ahmed Hamdan.

“I expect to be called as a witness … I’m more than happy to testify,” Davis said in a telephone interview from Washington. He called it “an opportunity to tell the truth.”


Davis alleges, among other things, that Pentagon general counsel William Haynes said in August 2005 that any acquittals of terrorism suspects at Guantanamo would make the United States look bad, calling into question the fairness of the proceedings.

“He said ‘We can’t have acquittals, we’ve got to have convictions,’” Davis recalled.

Emphasis added by me.

Acquittals can mean one of several things, but primarily two:

1) The prosecution’s case was garbage to begin with and the plaintiff is innocent

2) The prosecution was incompetent and mishandled the case

Number One is our problem. We are supposed to be a nation of law. We pledge to liberty and justice for all.

Number Two is your problem. If you can’t do your job, resign.

It’s better to look stupid over an acquittal than to be happy over an injustice.

Here’s a hint: Most people already know the Gitmo roundup was a botch. How much worse can it be? Set the innocent free.

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