Interrogators at Guantánamo Bay were told to destroy their notes to stop them potentially being used to highlight the mistreatment of detainees, according to a US military lawyer.
William Kuebler, a lieutenant commander who is defending Omar Khadr, a Canadian national facing trial for alleged war crimes in Afghanistan, said the classified instructions were included in an operations manual that prosecutors allowed him to see last week.
The apparently wilful and officially sanctioned destruction of notes meant he would be unable to challenge supposed confessions given by Khadr, Kuebler said yesterday.
He told reporters the instruction was contained in a US military manual of standard operating procedures, or SOPs, for interrogators that was shown to him during a pre-trial review of possible evidence.
“The mission has legal and political issues that may lead to interrogators being called to testify … Keeping the number of documents with interrogation information to a minimum can minimise certain legal issues,” the document was cited as saying in an affidavit signed by Kuebler.
Over the past few years, we have been repeatedly told that “If you aren’t doing anything wrong, you don’t have anything to hide.” I guess you can draw your own conclusions about that.
Maybe it is my inner DFH, but it sure seems to me that the plan is clear- some quick show trials followed by tidy executions, lose a couple more hard drives at the White House, have it all wrapped up by 20 January 2009, and then the current administration goes on vacation. Maybe South America?
And the saddest thing about it all is that KSM and the others most likely are guilty, and the world and the American people and the victims of 9/11 deserve a fair, open, and transparent trial of these folks- that they will not get that is just one last insult from the Bush administration to the rest of the world. And when rumors like this persist in the outer reaches of the intertrons, the Bush administration has no one to blame but themselves.