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'From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step' - Diderot

Saturday 31 March 2007

A brave and honourable Amercian draws a line in the sand over the use of torture

The man in question is a US military prosecutor who, it so happens, had a former Marine 'buddy' who was co-pilot of United 175, the hijacked 'plane which crashed into the south tower of the World Trade Center on 11th September 2001. Lt. Col. V. Stuart Couch is the brave and honourable man in question; he has declined to proceed with the prosecution case against Mohamedou Ould Slahi, suspected of being involved in the recruitment of the terrorist cell which included the hijacker who piloted that particular aircraft into its target. Why? He concluded that the "core of the government's case - had been taken through torture, rendering them inadmissible under U.S. and international law". This brave man also knows that using evidence obtained by way of torture is itself a war crime and that the persons seeking to procure such prosecutions, President George W Bush and Vice President Richard B Cheney, have secured immunity for themselves, under US if not under international law, when the Military Commissions Act was passed last year. This brave American officer and military prosecutor is basically suggesting that his Commander-in-Chief and his deputy go find themselves another 'dummy' to carry out their illegal [under international law] 'diktat'. One wonders what 'consequences' will, in one way or another, be visited upon him for his disobedience during the remaining time this particular President remains in the White House. I salute this fine man.

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