Thursday, January 14, 2010

Federal Judge Tosses Evidence Against a Terrorist on Coercion Grounds

A Federal Judge has tossed evidence against a terrorist on the grounds that they were coerced. While there may be some debate as to if various 'enhanced interrogation' methods cross the line of torture, there is no debating that they are coercive. The very point of them is to try and force hardened terrorists to spill their guts to the interrogator so they can block the next terrorist attack. This move was not unexpected and one of the state reasons civilian trails of terrorists would be a mistake. (via)

"A federal judge has tossed out most of the government's evidence against a tarrorism detainee on grounds his confessions were coerced, allegedly by U.S. forces, before he became a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay.
Al Madhwani said that interrogators at Guantanamo Bay on multiple occasions threatened him when he tried to retract what he now claims was a false confession.

The judge said he was particularly concerned that interrogators at Guantanamo Bay relied on or had access to the coerced confessions from Afghanistan made by Al Madhwani.

The logical inference from the record, said the judge, is that interrogators at Guantanamo Bay reviewed Al Madhwani's coerced confessions with him and asked him to make identical confessions.

"Far from being insulated from his coerced confessions, his Guantanamo confessions were thus derived from them," Hogan wrote.

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