Thursday, August 12, 2010

More Military "Justice"

Today is Thursday, 12 August 2010.

A 15-year-old Afghani boy is arrested and charged with killing a USA/USE soldier during a fire fight.

During an interrogation at the Guantanamo Bay concentration camp, the alleged child soldier is threatened with being gang raped and murdered if he doesn’t confess. At a subsequent interrogation, he “confesses”.

A military judge, Col. Pat Parrish, rules that the fear of being gang raped and murdered engendered by the prior interrogation in no way taints or disqualifies the subsequent confession. The fact that the interrogator in the first instance was convicted of criminal abuse of another detainee and was dismissed from the military is also not grounds for disqualification of the subsequent confession.

This is now established precedent for military trials: suspects may be threatened with any crime, up to and including gang rape and murder, in order to extort a confession.

Where did this “judge” learn his law: KGB or SS?

If the Taliban win, Col. Parrish has the moral credentials to become Chief Justice of Afghanistan.

If the USA/USE is serious about "the rule of law" and "justice", then it's long, long, long past time to abolish the medieval relic of a separate military "justice" system, embodying the sort of "ethics" celebrated by flogging, the Inquisition, goosestepping, and the Gulag.

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