I see in today’s news that a district judge threw out most of the confessions made by Musa’ab Omar Al Madhwani, a terrorist captured in Pakistan in 2002. This was most of the evidence the government had on the him. Surprisingly, U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan ruled there was still enough evidence to detain him.
The 23 “coerced” statements were made in a secret prison, possibly in Afghanistan, and were repeated in Guantanamo.
From the AP:
WASHINGTON (AP) – In a ruling this week, U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan also said the government failed to establish that 23 statements the detainee made to interrogators at Bay were untainted by the earlier coerced statements made while he was held under harsh conditions in Afghanistan.
However, the judge said statements he made during two military administrative hearings at the U.S. detention center in Cuba, where he was assisted by a personal representative, were reliable and sufficient to justify holding the detainee.
The judge said he was particularly concerned that interrogators at Guantanamo Bay relied on or had access to the coerced confessions from Afghanistan made by Al Madhwani.
This is the type of judicial shenanigans we can expect when we give terrorists constitutional rights.