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megimoo
11-24-2009, 10:33 AM
"The Trials In NYC Are All About Bush On Trial For The Far Left !"

Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, a Tanzanian who faces terrorism charges for his role in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies, asked a judge to order U.S. prosecutors to surrender information about “black sites” where he was held.

Ghailani faces federal charges over the bombings of U.S. embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya, that killed 224 people, including 12 Americans.

Ghailani had been held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, since 2006, before being transferred to the U.S. in June. He is the first detainee from Guantanamo Bay to be tried in a U.S. civilian court.

In a legal request filed today, lawyers for Ghailani asked a U.S. judge to compel prosecutors to disclose “material related the government’s decision to detain and interrogate” Ghailani “in CIA ‘Black Sites’ and Guantanamo Bay.” Defense lawyers also want information about his treatment there.

The request indicates that lawyers for Ghailani will highlight his treatment after his capture as part of his defense. A legal brief and supporting affidavit by his defense lawyers is redacted.

The trial of the Bush administration’s detention and interrogation policies has begun. For years, leftist human rights groups and criminal defense attorneys have fought for the day when they could make the Bush administration the center of a federal trial.

You can bet that the same types of motions as those filed on Ghailani’s behalf will also be filed during the trial of the September 11 conspirators.

Defense attorneys will say, of course, that information about Ghailani’s treatment while in U.S. custody is crucial to their client’s defense.

But that is only true as far as they can show that Ghailani’s interrogators “tainted” his admissions through abuse or “torture.”

(Ghailani was subjected to some of the CIA’s so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques,” but not waterboarding.)

To the extent that the case against Ghailani is based on other evidence, that which was not extracted during his interrogations, it is doubtful that the details of Ghailani’s interrogations have any relevance in determining his guilt or innocence.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/weblogs/TWSFP/2009/11/the_bush_administration_on_tri.asp