Defense Department Jettisons Charges Against ‘20th Hijacker’ News & Analysis

By Kristopher A. Nelson
in May 2008

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Law Blog - WSJ.com : Defense Department Jettisons Charges Against ‘20th Hijacker’: On the Gitmo front, the last several weeks have brought the Bush administration a series of legal defeats. First, GitmoaEUR™s former chief prosecutor turned against the Pentagon, testifying that political interference had tainted the military commissions, set up to prosecute detainees. Then a […]


Note: this post is from 2008. Evaluate with care and in light of later events.

Law Blog – WSJ.com : Defense Department Jettisons Charges Against ’20th Hijacker’:

On the Gitmo front, the last several weeks have brought the Bush administration a series of legal defeats. First, Gitmo’s former chief prosecutor turned against the Pentagon, testifying that political interference had tainted the military commissions, set up to prosecute detainees. Then a key legal adviser to the war crimes system was barred from having any further role in the case of Salim Hamdan. The latest: The Defense Department has thrown out all charges against Mohammed al-Qahtani, one of the “Gitmo Six” and the alleged “20th hijacker” in the 9/11 attacks.

I am profoundly disturbed by everything at “Gitmo.” We have a Constitution and a justice system for a reason. Why don’t we use them and respect them? If we don’t, who will?