As Anonymous (our prodigious poster) noted, the former Chief Prosecutor for the Military Commissions wrote a letter to the editor of the L.A. Times on Monday, here. While CAAFlog is under his no blogging at work ban, I’ll take advantage of the opportunity to opine on an area uniquely in his wheelhouse. For those that support military commissions Col. Davis’ brief letter is an interesting insight into the troubles with the process, especially from a government side of the aisle insider. For detractors, this will add fuel to the fire for scrapping the system as it stands. For those of us judge advocates on the sidelines, it reiterates something a few former Judge Advocate Generals have said in the last 10 years, uniformed lawyers have an uphill battle to get their message to civilian leadership in positions of power.
The final paragraph of Col. Davis’ letter (which I wish he would expand into a larger full length piece), sums up the Colonel’s position and cites my favorite former POW:
Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham have said that how we treat the enemy says more about us than it does about him. If we want these military commissions to say anything good about us, it’s time to take the politics out of military commissions, give the military control over the process and make the proceedings open and transparent.