Wednesday, August 06, 2008


Throwing the book at the driver

I’m just now back in town, so only a short one for today. Tomorrow will have the IETF summary, and Friday will be the tourist report.

When I got in the car and turned on the radio, the first news I heard was that Salim Hamdan has been convicted by the military kangaroo court tribunal, but was only convicted of “providing material support for terrorism” (he drove the boss around). He was acquitted on the more serious charge of conspiracy.

Prosecutors, the article says, consider this a “setback”, but it might well be a Pyrrhic victory for Mr Hamdan: despite his having been acquitted on the more serious charge, he stands to be sentenced to life in prison anyway.

Life in prison for chauffeuring the wrong guy. Now there is a failed career choice.

Update, 7 Aug: Interesting. Mr Hamdan has only been sentenced to five and a half years, and the tribunal gave him credit for five years of it, for the time he’s already served at Guantánamo. Of course, the government can still choose to hold him as an enemy combatant (which will probably result in more legal wrangling). But if they don’t, he could be out in about six months.

1 comment:

scouter573 said...

If President W gets impeached, will his Secret Service drivers be charged with conspiracy? Or Darth Cheney's drivers?