Thursday, November 08, 2007

Anti-Torture Lawyer Testimony Prevented

Marine lawyer Lt. Col. Stuart Crouch refused to prosecute suspected terrorist Mohamedou Slahi because he felt the methods used to question him amounted to torture, and thus compromised the prosecution.

The House Judiciary Committee wanted to ask him about this incident, but the Pentagon will not allow him to testify.
Crouch told the Journal that he had previously told superiors about the scheduled appearance and received no objection. But on Wednesday he received an email informing him that the Pentagon's general counsel had determined that "as a sitting judge and former prosecutor, it is improper for you to testify about matters still pending in the military court system, and you are not to appear before the Committee to testify tomorrow."


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