Once upon a time, only a dirty fucking hippy would say something like this (via The Washington Post):
The Defense Department’s former chief prosecutor for terrorism cases appeared Monday at the controversial U.S. detention facility here to argue on behalf of a terrorism suspect that the military justice system has been corrupted by politics and inappropriate influence from senior Pentagon officials.
Sitting just feet from the courtroom table where he had once planned to make cases against military detainees, Air Force Col. Morris Davis instead took the witness stand to declare under oath that he felt undue pressure to hurry cases along so that the Bush administration could claim before political elections that the system was working.
The usual reaction to statements to officials who suddenly develop vertebra falls into two categories:
1. Why didn’t you say something earlier, jackass?
2. ZOMG HE’S A STEALTH TERRISTS!!!
(I suppose there is a third category of people who smack their foreheads and gasp “Mah Gad! I had no idea!” but fuck ’em for not paying attention.)
So, we can disregard the latter response in the same way we disregard the rantings of the unwashed guy screaming about the chickens in his pants. I used tend towards the former response but today I started wondering about all of the cretins who either don’t develop spines or think violating the Constitution and torturing some poor bastard is just fine and dandy. The creeps who don’t currently have the rank to merit any attention, the slimeballs who are hiding under the Majikal Cloak of National Security so you don’t know who the hell they are. Those are the shits we need to worry about because unless they are hunted down and branded with a big old T for traitor, they’ll be back.
In the meantime I suggest Col. Davis (ret.) keep an eye on his pension.