Ex-Prosecutor Alleges Pentagon Plays Politics – washingtonpost.com

Ex-Prosecutor Alleges Pentagon Plays Politics – washingtonpost.com

By Josh White

Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, October 20, 2007; Page A03

Politically motivated officials at the Pentagon have pushed for convictions of high-profile detainees ahead of the 2008 elections, the former lead prosecutor for terrorism trials at Guantanamo Bay said last night, adding that the pressure played a part in his decision to resign earlier this month.

Senior defense officials discussed in a September 2006 meeting the “strategic political value” of putting some prominent detainees on trial, said Air Force Col. Morris Davis. He said that he felt pressure to pursue cases that were deemed “sexy” over those that prosecutors believed were the most solid or were ready to go

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