[Marxism] Guilt by Association & the Guantánamo Spy Hunt
Brian_Shannon at verizon.net
Sun Dec 19 09:40:18 MST 2004
[The now discredited prosecutions of Captain Yee and Airman Ahmad I. Al
Halabi are reviewed in today's NY Times. Look how far these charges got
and consider that they were about Americans on U.S. soil in the English
language and where all the information was available, and still they
completely unraveled. Now consider the case of the kidnapped Muslim
defendants in Guantanamo, who have language barriers, whose attorneys
and families are unable to visit them, and against whom no (or perhaps)
few charges have been lodged. --Brian Shannon]
Even now, Defense Department officials refuse to explain in detail how
the investigations originated and what drove them forward in the face
of questions about much of the evidence. Military officials involved in
the case have defended their actions, emphasizing that some of the
But confidential government documents, court files and interviews show
that the investigations drew significantly on questionable evidence and
disparate bits of information that, like the car report, linked Captain
Yee tenuously to people suspected of being Muslim militants in the
United States and abroad.
Officials familiar with the inquiries said they also fed on petty
personal conflicts: antipathy between some Muslim and non-Muslim troops
at Guantánamo, rivalries between Christian and Muslim translators, even
the complaint of an old boss who saw Airman Al Halabi as a shirker.
. . .
Ultimately, Air Force prosecutors could not substantiate a vast
majority of the charges they brought against Airman Al Halabi, a
translator at Guantánamo, who had faced the death penalty. He pleaded
guilty in September to four relatively minor charges of mishandling
classified documents, taking two forbidden photographs of a guard tower
and lying to investigators about the snapshots. He was sentenced to the
10 months imprisonment he had already served, and is appealing a
Captain Yee, 36, a West Point graduate from Springfield, N.J., was held
for 76 days in solitary confinement, charged with six criminal counts
of mishandling classified information and suspected of leading a ring
of subversive Muslim servicemen. He was found guilty only of
noncriminal charges of adultery and downloading Internet pornography.
That conviction was set aside in April, and his punishment was waived.
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