Last week, a US military lawyer on the defense team for self-proclaimed 9/11-attacks mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed resigned from the Army in protest of the “show trial” conducted by the US at Guantanamo Bay.
Maj. Jason Wright resigned on Aug. 26, according to NPR. He accused the US government of “abhorrent leadership” on human rights and due process at the military detention center at Guantanamo, where Mohammed and other defendants are being prosecuted for the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
"All six of these men have been tortured by the U.S. government," he says.
Wright says Mohammed in particular has faced a level of torture “beyond comprehension.” He says his client was waterboarded by the CIA 183 times and subjected to over a week of sleep deprivation; there were threats that his family would be killed. “And those are just the declassified facts that I’m able to actually speak about,” Wright says.
Given that treatment, Wright knew it would be hard for Mohammed to trust him.
"You show up several years later and you say, ‘I’m from the U.S. government and I’m here to help you’ … and you add on the complexity that I wear the same uniform as the guards," he says. "It’s very challenging in any situation to develop trust and confidence with a client. But when you add on that torture paradigm, it’s all the more difficult."
(The story goes on to talk about the listening devices the government plants in the smoke detectors of the rooms where lawyers meet their clients)