Former U.S. Military Prosecutor Slams Bush, Obama for Guantanamo "Law-Free Zone"
October 31, 2011 • 8:00AM

The former U.S. military prosecutor at Guantanamo, Col. (R) Morris Davis, has issued a fierce attack on both the G.W. Bush and Obama administrations for first creating, and then perpetuating, what he calls a "law-free zone" at the Guantanamo base -- one which permits torture.

Morris resigned in 2007 to protest "enhanced interrogation" techniques used on terrorist suspects, and is now the executive director and counsel of the New York-based Crimes of War project, which is planning a Nov. 13 event to highlight the ten-year anniversary of George Bush's executive order setting up military commissions at Guantanamo to try terrorist suspects. Speaking at a conference at New York's Bard College, he slammed enhanced interrogation techniques -- torture -- which Bush authorized and Obama continues. Torture, he said, is a breach of U.S. statutes, and was largely the work of political appointees, rather than the uniformed services which opposed it.

Crimes of War is pressuring Obama for failing to keep his campaign pledge of halting military commissions and closing Guantanamo. Thomas Keegan, head of Bard's human rights program, denounces the fact that more than two years after Obama's election, there are still 150 prisoners at Guantanamo, one of whom will go on trial this November before one of those military commissions.