Salim Hamdan - Reactions

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Former Chief Prosecutor, Air Force Colonel Morris Davis commented:

  • "The decision showed what the jury thought Hamdan was worth."
  • "There is a perception that trying people in front of the military was going to be a rubber-stamp process. This shows they are conscientious, following instructions and are making rational decisions."

According to the Associated Press, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Detainee Affairs Charles "Cully" Stimson wrote an e-mail regarding the sentence:

"The lesson I hope the government learns from this case, among other things, is ... don't bring skimpy or weak charges of conspiracy."

The American Civil Liberties Union's spokesman Ben Wizner, said:

"If the government heard the jury's message, it will not use a flawed war court to prosecute conduct that does not violate the laws of war."

On August 10, 2008 Josh White, writing in the Washington Post, reported that in late 2006, the Hamdan prosecution and defense had discussed a plea deal. He reported that Charles "Cully" Stimson, then the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Detainee Affairs, had agreed to make a case for a negotiated sentence of ten years. According to White, Stimson said more senior Bush officials "were stubborn" and "rejected the notion of a 'mere 10 years.'"

On August 11, 2008 Jess Bravin of the Wall Street Journal reported on interviews with one of Hamdan's jurors. The juror said the verdict was not intended to be a rebuke to the Bush administration, rather, "...it came down to the evidence that we were allowed to see."

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