A story about U.S. military lawyers representing Guantanamo detainees by defending the rule of law

from William Glaberson on the front page of the NYT on June 19th, 2008, “An Unlikely Antagonist in the Detainees’ Corner.”  

The unlikely (by stereotype, a really, really unlikely) antagonist is Lt. Cmdr. William C. Kuebler, a military lawyer assigned to represent, in the words of the administration, “the worst of the worst.” Kuebler’s client was 15 at the time that he allegedly threw a grenade that killed a U.S. solder

Read the article and see if you do not feel thankful for Lt. Cmdr. Kuebler and for the other military lawyers who object to our government putting on show trials.

Is this why we are safe? Are we safe because we are lawless?

From Democracy Now.

TODAY’S DEMOCRACY NOW!:

* Congressional Hearings Shed New Light on Government’s Endorsement of Torture; Maj. Gen. Taguba Accuses Bush Administration of War Crimes *

On Tuesday, the Senate Armed Services Committee held an eight-hour hearing that exposed the role of top Bush administration officials in authorizing the use of harsh interrogation techniques. Meanwhile, Retired Major General Antonio Taguba, the Army general who first investigated the abuse at Abu Ghraib, has accused the Bush administration of committing war crimes. “The
commander in chief and those under him authorized a systematic regime of torture,” Taguba said.

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* As Senate Confirms Psychologists Helped Devise Military Interrogation Techniques, APA Presidential Candidate Steven Reisner Condemns Role of Psychologists in Torture *

The Senate investigation confirmed the Pentagon sought the help of military psychologists as early as 2002 to devise so-called aggressive interrogation techniques. Dr. Steven Reisner is a psychoanalyst and a leading critic of the American Psychological Association’s policy governing the role of psychologists in interrogations. He is running for president of the APA and has received more nominating votes than any other candidate.

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* “Broken Laws, Broken Lives”: Medical Study Confirms Prisoners in US Custody Were Physically & Mentally Tortured *

A new report by the Physicians for Human Rights has, for the first time, found medical evidence corroborating the claims of former prisoners who say they were tortured while in US custody. Teams of medical specialists conducted physical and psychological tests on the former prisoners,
including exams intended to assess if they were lying. We speak to Dr. Allen Keller.

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* McClatchy Interviews 66 Fmr. Prisoners Held by US, Finds Widespread Abuse and Wrongful Imprisonments *

McClatchy Newspapers has conducted an extensive eight-month investigation of the US detention system created after 9/11. Based on interviews with sixty-six former prisoners, the investigation found that the US imprisoned innocent men, subjected them to abuse, stripped them of their legal rights and allowed Islamic militants to turn the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay into a school for jihad.

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This from the Belfast Telegraph: Articles of Impeachment filed against President Bush

The story can be found here.  Whatever one thinks about the rule of law in this country, and whatever one thinks about the filing of articles of impeachment against President Bush, the story seems important enough to cover carefully and thoroughly even if most U.S. politicians regard it as a fatal, highly contagious disease.

For some reason, when I searched tonight (8:15pm est) for a story that contained the articles of impeachment, the first one I found was from the Belfast Telegraph.  Seems a bit strange.  Why the Belfast Telegraph and not a major U.S. paper?  Surely U.S. papers are covering it and their coverage will be available online. Maybe it is now and it was just a search engine quirk that brought up the Belfast Telegraph first.

In any event, it’s worthwhile to see what other parts of the world regard as important in American politics.