Monday, July 23, 2007

Cracks in the teflon

Today's New York Times features a story about an Army lawyer at Guantanamo Bay who the newspaper says is the first military insider to criticize the hearing process for determining which detainees are 'enemy combatants' and can be held indefinitely without charge. Turns out Lt. Col. Stephen E. Abraham feels the procedures, which don't guarantee legal representation for detainees and, he says, discourage any findings favorable to detainees, may violate his obligations as an attorney. You are not alone, Col. Abraham, although you sometimes may feel like it when you work for a government that has suspended the definition of "integrity."

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