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US Military Lawyer Prepares Blast At Guantanamo Prison Procedures

An American military lawyer who has been involved in numerous Guantanamo tribunals is prepared to openly express his disgust with the unconstitutional procedures occurring at the prison. The whistle blower, a major who is thoroughly familiar with the entire Guantanamo operation, described the detention of a hospital administrator from Sudan as “unconscionable.” The major says that in rare circumstances when it was decided that a detainee was no longer an enemy combatant, senior commanders ordered another panel in order to over rule the decision. He reports “acrimony” during a “heated conference” call from Admiral McGarragh, who reports to the Secretary of the US Navy, when a panel refused to describe several Uighur detainees as enemy combatants. Senior military commanders wanted to know how they could disagree with a previous designation that the Uighur were enemy combatants. The major told the admiral it was good for the system that people actually disagreed and received no response to his comment.

The Sudanese hospital admintstrator, Abdel Hamad,has been held for five years without any evidence that he participated in terrorist activities. His lawyers came across a sworn statement from a member of a military panel who said he was frightened of retaliation if he allowed his name to be used in the case. The major who is ready to speak out will have his chance on December 5 before the US Supreme Court when an attempt is made to shut down the prison. According to Michael Ratner, president of the Centre for Constitutional Rights, the Guantanamo prison, “It’s a kangaroo court system and completely corrupt. Stalin had show trials but at Guantanamo they are not even show trials because it all takes place in secret.” Such is the American system of justice under the Bush administration.