Two weeks ago, I noted the self-requested reassignment of Colonel Morris Davis as the chief prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay, and asked if anyone could share information explaining it. (See Gitmo prosection chief steps down?). It seemed a curious development, made all the more so by the apparent gag order given to Col Davis.
Apparently, that order has now been lifted. In this Washington Post article, Col Davis alleges that senior DoD officials, in a meeting a few weeks prior to the 2006 elections, discussed the “strategic political value” of bringing high-profile prosecutions. The article also quotes him as saying there is now a push to bring such cases to trial to show the public that ‘the system is working’ before the 2008 elections.