Ex-Chief Military Commissions Prosecutor Defends Slandered DOJ Attorneys

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Tuesday, March 02, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Via Ben Smith, Keep America Safe, the Cheneyite national-security revival tour, has a new video out insinuating that Justice Department attorneys who represented Guantanamo detainees are sympathetic to al-Qaeda, a brazen slander that Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) put forward last week against such DOJ officials as Neal Katyal and Jennifer Daskal. Rushing to their defense is retired Air Force Col. Morris Davis, the chief prosecutor of the Cheneys’ beloved military commissions, who told me the attacks are “outrageous.”

“Neal in particular was and is one of the sharpest and hardest-working attorneys I’ve known in the 27 years I’ve been practicing law,” said Davis, who supervised prosecutions at Guantanamo from 2005 to 2007. “It is absolutely outrageous for the Cheney-Grassley crowd to try to tar and feather Neal and Jennifer and insinuate they are al-Qaeda supporters. You don’t hear anyone refer to John Adams as a turncoat for representing the Brits in the Boston Massacre trial.” Davis, of course, opposed Katyal on the famous case of Guantanamo Bay detainee Salim Ahmed Hamdan’s habeas corpus rights — a case that Katyal won in the Supreme Court, striking down the first iteration of the military commissions. “He was the epitome of professionalism, and I can’t say that about a lot of the folks involved” in the commissions, Davis continued.

“If you zealously represent a client, there’s nothing shameful about that,” said the retired Air Force colonel. “That’s the American way.”

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chrisjay
Comment posted March 2, 2010 @ 1:21 pm

Dick Cheney and his mutant family have moved beyond sick-joke status and are now well into Joe Stack territory. Throw his wretched, treasonous ass in Guantanamo–or maybe the 'dungeon' at Basra–and throw away the freaking key.


mikefromArlington
Comment posted March 2, 2010 @ 1:26 pm

Are they taunting the DOJ to take them to court on torture charges? Are they taunting them to start an all out political war in this country to tie up this administration in courts and dislodge their entire agenda?

My guess is yes.


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Comment posted March 2, 2010 @ 3:19 pm

How much contempt do these people have for our justice system, based on the Constitution? If Cheney and his ilk were ever charged with the high crimes and misdemeanors they so flagrantly brag about, they too would be entitled to a defense by competent attorneys. Maybe their lack of trust is based on their experience with their own corrupt lawyers like Yoo and Bybee, who would twist the law and ethics to reach the conclusions of their political masters?


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