A defense lawyer for the young Canadian, Omar Khadr, has demanded all charges against his client be dropped due to “unlawful influences” exerted by the American government on the trial process. Navy Lt. Cmdr. William Kuebler, accused Pentagon attorneys of interfering in the commission’s disclosure process by deliberately thwarting evidence that could help defend his client. Kuebler asserts the Pentago urged interrogators at Guantanamo to destroy handwritten notes in case they were called to testify about potentially hard treatment of detainees. Kuebler was particularly upset at General Thomas Hartmann, the legal adviser to the military commission, who was barred from participating in the case by a military judge because he had surrendered the concept of objectivity by aligning himself to closely with the prosecution.
Cmdr. Kuebler, who undoubtedly has ruined his military career, by seeking the truth and providing his client with an excellent defense, is also upset the Pentagon removed a judge, Colonel Peter Brownback, who had been sympathetic to Kuebler’s requests.
The entire process of this trial violates every norm of objectivity and lacks any resemblance to a court of law in the United States of America. It is time to end this farce and place all defendants in civilian courts where civilian norms operate if America it to stand before the world as a defender of law and order.