Some Guantanamo observers are telling investigative reporter Jason Leopold that the ethical breaches that have surfaced in the military tribunals over the past three months may actually be intentional:
Nearly a dozen years after terrorists guided commercial jets into the Pentagon and the World Trade Center, the prosecution of the alleged masterminds of the 9/11 attacks continues to be plagued by bizarre incidents that have threatened to derail the proceedings at Guantanamo Bay.
Now, some observers are beginning to question whether a series of seemingly embarrassing gaffes might instead be part of a strategic plan by the Obama administration to shutter the military prison at Gitmo.
“Perhaps I’m wrong, but there are too many fiascos in too short an order to be the result of random chance,” said Air Force Col. Morris Davis, who for two years served as chief prosecutor of the military commissions at Guantanamo.
“I believe it is all part of a plan to tamp down outrage when President Obama announces that he’s closing Gitmo, sending the majority of the detainees already cleared for transfer home, bringing the rest to the US and prosecuting them in federal courts,” said Davis, who helped write parts of the 2006 Military Commissions Act passed by Congress, and has since become a vocal critic of the use of the system to prosecute terrorism suspects.
“I suspect they are painting the picture to show it’s taken too long, and there’s no end in sight; it’s too fatally flawed to save; it creates too much damage to our standing in the eyes of our allies and enemies alike; and it costs too much money at a time when money is tight to continue trying to spit-shine the Gitmo cow-pile in hopes that someday it will shine up nice and look pretty,” he said.
The entire report is well worth reading.