Sunday, June 8, 2014

About Those Five Taliban "Commanders"

We hear over and over again from the right-wing "experts" who dominate our media that the five Taliban members traded for Bowe Bergdahl were high-ranking terrorists that pose an immediate threat to the United States.  Well, here is someone who actually knows what he's talking about, Col. Morris Davis, who was chief prosecutor at Guantanamo:

"...as for these five men, when I was chief prosecutor, we had screened all of the detainees and we had focused on about 75 that had the potential to be charged with a crime. When I saw the names the other day, wasn’t familiar with any of these names. So we had more than 12 years if we could have proven that they had done something wrong that we could prosecute them for I’m confident we would have done it, and we didn’t."

Which makes them ineligible for detention under the Constitution that right wingers are always raving about.

By the way, whatever happened to Col. Davis?  He was relieved of his position as chief prosecutor when he objected to the illegality of the rigged military system that was to have been used to try them.  He needn't have worried.  It turned out to be so much easier to just keep them in prison without a trial.

BUT WAIT!  THERE'S MORE!

We've seen Senator John McCain's sense of honor and dignity decline continuously since he lost the Presidency in 2008.  We've seen him sink into a vicious bitterness which blocks out all truth and reason.  This may be a new low even for McCain, eaten alive by envy and personal hatred as he is:

"McCain: Obama Freed The 'Jihadists Responsible For 9/11' In Exchange For Bergdahl...Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Sunday asserted that the five Taliban members traded for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was being held prison of war, were "hardcore military jihadists who are responsible for 9/11" and should have been detained indefinitely at Guantanamo Bay or some other U.S. prison.
"I wouldn't release these men," McCain told CNN host Candy Crowley.

"Ever?" Crowley wondered.

"Not these men," McCain insisted. "They were judged time after time during their confinement in Guantanamo, they were evaluated and judged as too great a risk to release. That was the judgement made."

Wrong..  These detainees were never " judged time after time during their confinement in Guantanamo," you lying piece of garbage.  They were never judged at all.  Maybe you've forgotten that in this country, people are not "judged" without a trial in which:

"...the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence."

That's how we judge people in a free country, John, not in secret proceedings  that defy every legal right of a defendant.  A real trial is not what they got.  Of course, for you guys who think torture is just fine if it's done to the other guy, and legal rights are only for our side, I guess it's okay to throw people in jail for twelve years without charges, just because you are so afraid of them that they make you hide under the bed, but that's not the kind of country that real Americans want to live in.  So, take your lies and go home, for good this time.  And take that sycophantic right wing tool Candy Crowley with you.

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