On the Gitmo front, the last several weeks have brought the Bush administration a series of legal defeats. First, Gitmoâ€™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 â€œGitmo Sixâ€ and the alleged â€œ20th hijackerâ€ 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?