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  •  it's also worth pointing out that (0+ / 0-)

    Eric Holder announced that the DOJ would appeal the decision by a judge to release of Mohamedou Ould Salahi, who was held for 9+ years at Guantanamo and tortured while he was there.  Why the judge ordered the release, however, is not yet clear.

    However, it's also interesting to note that the original prosecutor who was assigned to take on the Salahi case 6 years ago quit the assignment because most of the evidence obtained was gotten through torture.

    From the same link above:

    Former military prosecutor Lt. Col. Stuart Couch, who prosecuted terrorism planners and financiers for the Marine Corps for three years, has said Salahi was one of the men he was assigned to prosecute.

    Couch told a University of Georgia audience last year that he discovered interrogators had obtained much of the evidence against Salahi through torture and refused to press charges.

    Couch said he tried to resign, but was told he would be demoted to captain and sent into combat in Iraq if he quit. He dropped the Salahi case and stayed on as a prosecutor until his assignment ended, when he was named an appellate judge.

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