• News
  • Celebrities
  • Finance
  • Crypto
  • Travel
  • Entertainment
  • Health
  • Others

GTMO Postscript: Prosecutor Goes After Defense, Press

GUANTANAMO BAY — As an addendum to my piece this morning, it’s worth noting an unexpected and unusual attack on the integrity of Omar Khadr’s attorneys and the press corps here that Navy Capt. John Murphy, the chief prosecutor of the military commissions, issued yesterday afternoon.

After Col. Patrick Parrish, the military judge presiding over Khadr’s case, gaveled this week’s proceedings in Khadr’s pre-trial hearing to a close, both teams of attorneys trudged to the aircraft hangar that’s been converted into the press’s work area for back-to-back news conferences. Defense counsel had briefed us every day after court ended, and so attorneys Kobie Flowers, Barry Coburn and Army Lt. Col. Jon Jackson didn’t surprise us when they commented on the big event of the day — testimony from “Interrogator #1” that he threatened Khadr with rape and even death in Bagram in 2002.

But it was the first time that Murphy and his team held a press conference during the past two weeks, and he came out swinging. “What you heard was a summation of their closing argument,” Murphy said, accusing Flowers, Coburn and Jackson of improperly trying Khadr’s case outside the courtroom and calling it a “violation of that ethic that applies to all of us” barring lawyers from “prejudicing a criminal proceeding.” When pressed on whether he would refer the defense lawyers to some professional body for sanction, Murphy demurred: “All I’m prepared to say is that from my observation, I saw comments on the merits of the case and the merits of the evidence, and that operates to prejudice the accused. That’s not something we’re going to do and we’re not going to do it.”

In his general comments about Khadr’s case, Murphy denied that Khadr’s youth — he was 15 years old when captured by U.S. forces in 2002 — made his prosecution problematic. He warned about the policy consequences of such an argument, asking, “Is al-Qaeda going to start recruiting 15- and 16-year-olds?

But he ended his press conference with a firm defense of keeping Interrogator #1′s identity private, even though identifying information had come out in open court; the interrogator in question pleaded guilty in his court martial on detainee abuse and cannot be re-deployed (re-deployment was an issue Murphy cited as grounds for non-disclosure); and the individual in question gave an on-the-record interview to Michelle Shephard of the Toronto Star in 2008 saying he wanted to clear his name.

“We think that protective order should be enforced,” he said, not singling out any reporter or publication. “In these proceedings, the access has been extraordinary. You see so much. … Our position is, and I hope it would be given a lot of thought, that publishing identities carries some risk and the judge recognizes that risk when he issues these protective orders.” Asked how the media could formally file a challenge to the order, Murphy replied, “I’m not going to become your lawyer.”

Less than an hour after the press conference concluded, four reporters were informed by the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Public Affairs office — to be very clear, a different chain of command than the one to which Murphy answers through the Office of Military Commissions — that they would be banned from returning to the base for publishing Interrogator #1′s name. Parrish has not issued any ruling that any reporter has violated his protective order.

Discussion & Comments (0)

    Recent Articles

    • Things You Should Know about North America

      Things You Should Know about North America

      Get to know more about North America.

    • Eurovision 2010 Paula Seling Unpredictable Contest

      Eurovision 2010 Paula Seling Unpredictable Contest

      Paula Seling's experience on the Eurovision stage led her to declare that "Eurovision is an unpredictable contest". Which may explain the success of the young Lena from Germany, about whom the predictions before the event did not offer much chances for victory.

    • VIPRow.me - The Best Sports Streaming Website Today

      VIPRow.me - The Best Sports Streaming Website Today

      Have you ever contemplated creating a user-friendly site dedicated to sports-related free live streaming channels?

    • Learn How To Download, Install, And Use The Xnxubd 2022 Frame App

      Learn How To Download, Install, And Use The Xnxubd 2022 Frame App

      XNXUBD 2022 Nvidia users are able to watch thousands of videos and other contents online. XNXUBD 2022 Nvidia New is a piece of software that enables people to watch videos online without having to pay for memberships. On a graphics card, the XNXubd also provides some of the best gaming and virtual reality experiences.

    • Xvideostudio Video Editor Apk Free Download For Pc Full Version In 2022

      Xvideostudio Video Editor Apk Free Download For Pc Full Version In 2022

      A new edition of the Video Editor Apk for xVideostudio.Video Studio has all the latest features, including support for multiple video download formats in HD, FHD, and even 4K resolutions.

    • 9 Best Lotion For Masturbation - Popular Choice For 2022

      9 Best Lotion For Masturbation - Popular Choice For 2022

      Masturbation is a common activity for men and women. It's a natural and risk-free way to explore your body, experience pleasure, and release sexual tension.

    • Reasons Why You Need To Stop Watching Movies From Sflix

      Reasons Why You Need To Stop Watching Movies From Sflix

      Without having to sign up or pay anything, you can watch movies online for free with SFlix. It has more than 10,000 movies and television shows.

    • Coi Leray Mom And Dad's Family History & Wife, Explained

      Coi Leray Mom And Dad's Family History & Wife, Explained

      Coi Leray Collins (born May 11, 1997) is a rapper from the United States. Leray started publishing songs to SoundCloud in 2014, and in 2018 she released her breakthrough track "Huddy" as well as her first mixtape, Everythingcoz.

    • Listen And Download Music On MyFreeMP3 For Free

      Listen And Download Music On MyFreeMP3 For Free

      Are you in a bind and looking for a place to obtain free mp3 songs? Never again will you need to bother, since this article has everything necessary to obtain your solution. Download free music from MyfreeMP3.com, one of the world's most popular websites.