On this episode you'll learn some fascinating information about the detainees at Guantanamo Bay (Gitmo) from Brian Bouffard, a former JAG officer and current member of the Military Commissions Defense Organization (MCDO). He’s the defense attorney for a current detainee and he gives us some history about Gitmo, info about what’s happening now, and what the future may hold. Has our use of torture yielded any results or harmed us in the war on terror? How many detainees are left at Gitmo? What are some legal acrobatics currently being used?
As stated above, Brian is a TCU alum (Go Frogs!) and graduated from Duke University Law School. He was a former JAG Officer - if you're unfamiliar, think Tom Cruise in "A Few Good Men". After his service time as a Naval Judge Advocate, he was an attorney in North Texas focusing on criminal law, where he had been involved with some very interesting cases, such as the infamous "Waco Biker Shootout Case". He tells us about his current job defending Mohammed Nazir Bin Lep, a Gitmo detainee,
Here are some links that Brian shared that should add some color to our discussion - they are important reads:
... is a page that includes a link to a copy of Majid Khan's statement. It is very hard to take, but for that very reason I view it as important for every American citizen to read it. This is what our people did, and what NONE of them have been held accountable for.
... is a fantastic primer on what has gone on, and is going on, in the military commissions. My client is one of those charged; his name is Mohammed Nazir Bin Lep. Everyone should care about what is being done in our name in this arena as well.
... is the Senate Committee report on the CIA torture program. There is a very good motion picture on this subject, called The Report, with Adam Driver and Annette Bening.