LTC Wilkerson is free but still not on the O-6 promotion list reports Stars and Stripes here.  The Secretary of the Air Force removed Wilkerson from the list in January and won’t put him back on the list unless the AFBCMR says he should. Amid calls for investigations of the CA for throwing out his conviction and reinstating him to fullVduty status, I’d have to think a promotion is . . . unlikely?

And from this month’s ABA Journal (okay, I am a week late) comes the story titled, “Meet the Man Who Would Save Guantanamo.”  Who is this man, here’s an excerpt:

For a moment, U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Mark Martins seems discomfited. That is not his nature. In the words of a reporter covering the revamped military commissions now trying accused terrorists in Guantanamo Bay: “Don’t play poker with the man. He has no tells.”

But Martins is visibly stung when told reporters gripe that his lengthy, detailed responses to their questions sometimes don’t contain the direct answers they seek. He winces, holding a squint as he mulls the criticism, his sinewy 6-foot-3 frame folded erectly onto a small couch by a coffee table at one end of his office in a nondescript commercial area of Northern Virginia. His response at first develops in the fashion that brings the complaint: “You have to give them the context. We’re not in the same place we were five years ago. So using the same narratives and storylines when you now have a different statute—Congress has weighed in, we’ve had the judiciary weigh in.”

Martins catches himself in midsentence, then continues in a softer voice that trails off in thought: “So. I probably do. I hope they don’t think I’m pedantic. …”

Transparency has been Martins’ mantra, a theme he returns to often since being assigned in September 2011 as chief prosecutor, the sixth in 10 years, for the controversial military commissions in Gitmo.

Do you think the ABA Journal is right?

2 Responses to “Military Justice News for Mar. 8, 2013”

  1. Atticus says:

    It looked good until the trite old quote about federal courts doing “hundreds of cases, blah, blah….”  400 is the ususal quote, and what people intentionally fail to disclose is the fact that 99 percent of them ended up in pleas to lesser offenses like an illegal entry, fraudulent immigrations documents, etc, etc. Why?  Because they couldn’t prove the terror counts or the intel agencies refused to play ball.  It’s documented. And anyone who would say the Ghalani trial was textbook is outright lying.  

  2. Bridget Wilson says:

    My impression of BG Martins was that he is an honorable man is a difficult position. There is no doubt that he is a peacock, wearing one of the longest racks of ribbons one is likely to see in the Army. He has the air of an infantry officer and is the kind of leader you would follow into battle. I would tend to share Darrel Vandevelde’s opinion of him. (Darrel and I once shared a couple of days of fire duty in a field tort claims office in 2002. He is also a decent man.)
    One of the observers at GTMO pointed out after the post-court news conference one day that when Martins is uncomfortable with something he will start speaking of his “duty”. That was as close to a tell as you might get from the BG. He recommended to the OCA that they dismiss the stand alone conspiracy charges which are likely not viable. The OCA has declined to follow his suggestions. From my limited observations, it seems that the BG is doing his job with the same vigor he gives to everything he does. 
    Transparency? That is a longer discussion. He is a soldier.