Consequences of Detainee Document and Photo Release in a Nutshell

Today is a big day for Mohammed Jawad, and for American national security as a whole. Today, Jawad will appear before a federal judge in Washington, D.C. for the first hearing of his habeus challenge, during which his lawyers will argue that he has improperly been held indefinitely due to a false confession coerced through torture.

Jawad was only fourteen years of age–some say seventeen–when he used a grenade to attack and injure two U.S. soldiers and their interpreter in Afghanistan. He alleges that he was subject to enhanced interrogation techniques, including waterboarding, while in custody.

Presiding over the hearing will be Judge Ellen Huvelle, the same judge who, back on March 31, raised eyebrows by ordering the release of another Gitmo detainee without providing reason why. On that day, I looked at Judge Huvelle’s husband’s history of donating far and wide to liberal Democratic Party candidates, and wrote the following:

If these terrorists are released from Guantanamo and placed in prisons here in the United States, they will be allowed the same rights that American citizens enjoy, and will see trial in American courts. This will undoubtedly open the door for ACLU types to hone in on evidentiary and other problems — it won’t take long for some hippie to argue that a particular detainee’s Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination was violated because he wasn’t properly Mirandized upon being picked up in a cave along the Afghani-Pakistani border.

And, depending upon a particular judge’s interpretation of our Constitution and preconceived notion of whether constitutional rights apply to people who’d like nothing more than to see the United States burn, we might see an instance where an enemy combatant is set free with little or no reason given. Now, I’m not saying that this was the case, but the Hon. Ellen Segal Huvelle isn’t exactly a raging conservative.

That day, a little less than a month ago, I honed in on hypothetical Miranda problems as a possible focusing point which could be used by the ACLU to facilitate the release of Guantanamo Bay detainees. That was before news broke that the ACLU had fostered the release next month of supposed detainee torture photos from detention centers across the globe. Now, it becomes increasingly apparent that the ACLU will use the allegations of so-called torture, supported by the photographs and accompanying public outrage, to petition judges such as Huvelle to strike any damaging statements made by the detainee, or to release outright the detainee in question.

Hence the importance of Jawad’s hearing today.

My friends, I hate to say it, but Iraq and Afghanistan are not the only fronts for the Global War on Terror. In fact, I now understand why President Barack Obama pushed for the war to be characterized instead as an “Overseas Contingency Operation” — he wanted people who don’t know otherwise to overlook the more and more obvious fact that the third front in this epic conflict is on our own shores. Our soldiers bleed and die fighting perverse ideology abroad, while we are forced to fight pervasive ignorance here at home.

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  1. FOND OF FOUNDERS says:

    What are we to think of the men George Washington had hanged?

  2. Gail B says:

    That sent chills over me, Jeff–your last paragraph.

    Somebody, watch for news on the trial, would you, and send it to Jeff? Jeff HAS to study, and I HAVE to finish the lawnmower!

    Thanks-

  3. Bodenzee says:

    If the SCOTUS leaves Barry where he is this nation will be subject to his destructive efforts for 1,362 more days. Will there still be a recognizable United States of America then?

  4. OBAMA OBAMA OBAMA says:

    We is NOT ignorint, Jeff. We juz love dat man. Yoo opologize for dat commint.

  5. Anonymous says:

    one more thing to add to the madness
    dayly-news ny local
    my bloomberf outraged over military photo-op invlving low flying presidential jet
    their behaviour is very dangerous. they are acting in dc, like they were squatters, or pirates running around with the loot

  6. Claudia says:

    Well, I have a very swift way of justice when it comes to all/any those terrorists who would be subect to going to any prison in the world, get them, bleed them of all info possible for a period of oh, say, two-three weeks and then don’t turn them over to any other place, kill them, dead men don’t talk….. but do it all while under a blanket of silence.

  7. suek says:

    We shouldn’t overlook the fact that in that part of the country adulthood is reached by about age 13. In fact, one of Michael Yon’s reports discussed the fact that the military squad he was with, on requesting the man of the family so that they could properly request permission to search the house for weapons, were met by a 7 year old boy. His father was away and he was the only other male, so he was – for the time being – the man of the house.
    Treating young muslim males as immature children is a major error…

  8. TOUGH WOMEN ARE HOT says:

    Claudia, I LOVE YOU.

  9. ANCESTRY DOT COM says:

    Check Claudia’s family tree, you just might find some founding fathers in there.

  10. JEFF SCHREIBER says:

    But … but … but Claudia … what about the terrorists’ rights?

    How could you be such an animal?

  11. LET GOD SORT EM OUT says:

    Now I am torn between two women, Sarah Palin and CLAUDIA.

  12. GEOFFREY ALLLIT says:

    Claudia, you are not welcome in my land of rainbows, unicorns and campfire songs while holding hands with Islamic terrorists who have had a bad childhood.

  13. Tom says:

    Jeff, Thanks for the update. As a former member of the US Military, who swore an oath to uphold the Constitution and defend her against all enemies foreign and domestic (kind of gives you pause to wonder why the oath is phrased that EXACT way…), I am in a constant quandry as to how I should take the constant attack on the sovereignty of this country and the constitution from sources inside our own government. Thomas Jefferson remarked that revolution is good every once in a while, but how do I remain true to my country while opposing the very government, supposedly put in place by the people? What to do, what to do…? God help us all….

  14. THE MAN FROM MONTICELLO says:

    Oh I love those references to Thomas Jefferson. Keep his spirit alive. And it just so happens, I agree, revolutions can be a very good thing.

  15. Claudia says:

    Ancestry, YES, I have a LOT OF FOUNDING FATHERS in my fmaily tree, and I thoroughly ascribe to their theories. I don’t believe in giving quarter toanyone, especially after raising 5 children and living in this world of lies and deciet for 60+ years.

    Jeff,
    Terrorist rights are anything and everything that those people without a nation can DREAM UP in thier fanciful minds….. and we do NOT havae to adhere to any of thoes even in the Geneva COnventions, for they are NOT ALIGNED with any Nation that will claim them. If they want protection from the Convention laws then they had better get a govenrnment behind them. If they can’t get a government behind them then they are nothing more than loose nukes on their own and have no protections from Geneva. Sorry you guys, you terrorists, you lose.

    All these do gooders out in American and the “liberal” wanabees have no spine and forget to remember that every one of those terrorists would behead (after performing any horrible amount of inhuman torture that I can’t even dream up, upon those that they capture, much as they did Pearl and Berg) us in any given moment and love doing it, while our Agents and Soldiers always feel what they are doing and often don’t want to do it, because they understand how dispicable the conditions are that breed terrorist, but they KNOW that they have to do what is necessary to protect our Country from those that would anhiliate it.

    Too bad our current Government hasn’t got he balls to stand up and do the right thing…. and along the way is figuratively beheading our own people who are trying under very difficult circumstance, to do the job they were hired to do.

  16. Anonymous says:

    I know things like evidence are of less concern to you than symbolism. But doesn’t the fact that the original military prosecutor in this case quit and became a witness for the defense give you pause? How about the fact that a military trial judge determined that the confessions were obtained under torture? How about the fact that two other people confessed to the exact same crime? The record is clear that on the day of the grenade attack, the Afghan police rounded up several people and beat confessions out of all of them. Jawad was the one who got handed over to the Army in the end probably because he had no money and no family with money to bribe the Afghan cops.

    When we commit and support injustice, it’s going to come back and bite us in the ass. It always has and it always will.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Some good detective work here . . . George Soros is apparently proven to be behind the Dems push for “truth” commission and his iron hand on the current White House administration. The article linked below substantiates who is the real president of the United States. And, not surprisingly, it’s George Soros. That’s who told Obama to make his 24-hour 180 degree flip-flop about investigating harsh interrogation techniques, releasing selective Top Secret memos (is that sedition/treason?), and now dropping resistance to releasing photos designated for use in the US’s own prosecutions of those accused of criminal acts towards prisoners. This guy tracked down Soros as the owner of the web domain that is astroturfing the issue. Here’s the link:

    http://spectator.org/archives/2009/04/28/soros-show-trials

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