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Navy lawyer Lt. Cmdr. Charles Swift, who successfully defended Salim Hamdan in the Supreme Court against Bush's kangaroo courts in Hamdan versus Rumsfeld, has been effectively fired by the Pentagon, under its "get promoted or you're gone" policy.

      

The callousness of this move illustrates the immature egos inside the Pentagon and the Bush Administration. By doing his defense work as well as he could, and winning at the Supreme Court, and then getting fired, this shows that Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld are so untrusting of anything but their own power that they'll get rid of the best of our own people for merely representing what's good in our judicial tradition. Rumsfeld v. Hamdan seemed to me like the proverbial "slam dunk": the Bush Administration held the man without habeas corpus, then tried to convict him in a "military tribunal" whose rules had no sanction from neither the legislative nor judicial branches of our government. The definitively illegitimate kangaroo court.

This decision to fire Swift is comparable to a state court deciding to fire a government-hired defense attorney because he's too successful. Instead of being promoted to prosecutor, just fire the guy. Heck, those po' folks shouldn't even have the right to know what crime they're charged with, and shouldn't have access to legal counsel, and should take their torture with a smile.



This break with our legal tradition can only further drop respect for the US in the international community, which is as low as it has ever been. Part of the reason that the post-WWII transition went well was because the Nuremberg Trials were perceived to be legitimate. In fact, Stalin proposed summarily executing 100,000 Germans who worked for the Nazi regime. American defense attorneys skillfully defended surviving Nazis, many of whom ultimately were executed.

So, to summarize: Bush's executive branch doesn't believe in fair trials, habeas corpus, the Geneva Conventions -- basically all the institutional rules of fairness that give the West a special prominence in human history. Respect your provenance or lose it.
No profanes - sacred
 
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