August 9, 2006

"How old were you when you said to yourself, 'I am taking this country down?'"

That's what Stephen Colbert asked Neal Katyal, the lawprof who won Hamdan, the Guantanemo detainees case. Here's a very admiring profile of him.

4 comments:

Goesh said...

-brilliant tactician, about as sharp as the tactic of using quick-warrants/memos and phone calls from various 3rd world allies requesting the detainment and 'questioning' of enemy combatants and other suspects apprehended on the field of battle, thus freeing our Justices from having to worry about hot irons being applied to the balls of said detainees in the course of interrogation. Ya' gotta' luv the nuances of war...

Al Maviva said...

I agree with you Goesh. There's wayyy too much nuance in all of this. Anybody captured bearing arms on the battlefield while in civilian clothes should be shot on sight. In addition to being in keeping with pretty clearly established international law, it would clear up this whole torture debate once and for all.

Meade said...

Katyal, who says he never quotes Hamdan directly because the Department of Defense might think his client is passing on coded messages, says Hamdan's response was something like this: "Maybe I'll change my name. I just want to go home, [find a crazed Islamist who wants nothing more than to murder Jews and other infidels, and become his loyal personal driver and bodyguard."]

PatCA said...

Aw, Meade, don't you thank your lucky stars we have these brave elites rescuing innocent "others" from the clutches of Republican presidents?