Imagine you’ve been arrested and are going to court. As part of your defense, you share with your attorney all sorts of intimate details on your involvement of the crime. Your attorney shares defense strategies.
Imagine if the prosecution had “bugged” the room you talked to your lawyer in. Of course the courts would punish the prosecution for violating the principle of attorney-client privilege.
Well the bugging happened and instead of the prosecution being punished over this violation, the lead defense attorney was sentenced to 21 days in jail and fined $1000.
The Guantonamo “trials” have been troubling for some time but this one is a major black eye for America. We’re supposed to stand for the rule of law. We claim to be the symbol of greatness in the world. When we destroy our principles in order to punish those who attempt to hurt us, we win nothing. In a flashback to the Vietnam war, where we had to destroy a village to save it, we’re destroying what America stands for in order to save America.
What is so troubling for me is that these are Commissioned Officers doing this. The Officer Corps of the US Military is supposed to have more honor than mere politicians. Read more here.