drieuxster (drieuxster) wrote,

Unholy Radical Judicial Activism!!!

A military judge Tuesday ordered an Army general who commanded the detention center at Guantanamo Bay to testify at the court martial of a dog handler in the Abu Ghraib prison scandal.

The judge, Marine Lt. Col. Paul McConnell, agreed to allow attorneys to question Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller during the trial of Sgt. Santos A. Cardona, who is accused of using his dog to abuse inmates at Abu Ghraib in Iraq.

Miller would become the highest-ranking military officer to testify in the Abu Ghraib scandal. Early this year, Miller said he was refusing to answer questions, but he is prepared to testify now, Cardona's lawyer said.

McConnell rejected a request from Cardona's lawyers to summon Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld to testify at the trial.

[ cf YahooNews: Ex-Gitmo Commander Ordered to Testify ]
Well I guess we are all breathing a sigh of relief that there will bbe no Need For Rumsfeld to be held accountable for his Actions!!!

Thank God The DubYa Hears the Voices!

As we notice, at this point the Plea Bargaining Remains Limited:
Col. Thomas M. Pappas, the former top-ranking intelligence officer at Abu Ghraib, testified under a grant of immunity at Smith's trial that he failed to set appropriate controls for the use of dogs at the Baghdad-area prison.

Pappas testified that he approved a one-time use of muzzled dogs inside interrogation booths but he later learned he lacked the authority to give such an order.

Pappas was reprimanded, fined and relieved of his command for his role in the scandal.

In August 2004, an independent review panel found that Miller's call at Abu Ghraib for strong, command-wide interrogation policies contributed to a decision authorizing a dozen aggressive interrogation techniques beyond the traditional ones specified in the Army Field Manual.

Miller is the former commander of the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who led an assessment team to Abu Ghraib in early September 2003. He later was put in charge of the Abu Ghraib prison.

In January, Miller invoked the military's version of the Fifth Amendment right to not incriminate himself.

Dog teams were sent to Abu Ghraib in November 2003 on Miller's recommendation.

Miller's account conflicts with that of Pappas.

Miller has said he recommended in 2003 that dogs be used for detainee custody and control, but not for interrogations. Pappas, however, told investigators that Miller told him dogs had been useful at Guantanamo Bay in setting the atmosphere for interrogations.

The alleged mistreatment of prisoners at Abu Ghraib occurred in late 2003 and early 2004, when military interrogators were under tremendous pressure from superiors to gather intelligence in an effort to stamp out the spreading insurgency in Iraq.

{ op_cit }
Could It be Time For General Miller to start talking Plea Bargin?

Especially now that
The new White House chief of staff put the West Wing and official Washington on notice on Monday about potentially substantial changes in the way the White House is staffed and operates.

Meeting first thing Monday with senior White House aides, the new chief, Joshua B. Bolten, said it was time to "refresh and re-energize" President Bush's team, the White House press secretary, Scott McClellan, said. Mr. Bolten also said anybody who was considering leaving within the year should step forward now, according to Mr. McClellan's account of the meeting.

Mr. McClellan, who faced questions from reporters about his own future, said Mr. Bolten did not ask directly for anybody's resignation.

[ cf AmPravda: New Chief of Staff Sends Message: The White House Exits Are Open ]
So maybe Morer Americans should be looking for those Grants of Clemancy, Pardons, Non-Prosecution deals before things get REALLY UGLY!!!

So while No One is Abandoning
If the Blue Dress Does Not Fit!!!
You Must Acquit!!!
There is some speculation that the Dubya MAY have an opening in the Texas Verions of Beach Blanket Bingo and that he will bring his own Personal Wardrobe!!!

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