After all, they confessed, didn’t they? And their confessions were all “free and voluntary.” The confessions themselves recited those facts very clearly.
Col. Morris Davis, chief prosecutor at Guantanamo:
In order to foster public outrage and build sufficient political pressure to secure his release, for several years David Hicks, his family, and his supporters waged an aggressive media campaign alleging that he was mistreated while in detention. When his case came to trial before a military commission in March 2007, however, he and his defense counsel stipulated that he was not mistreated, and in the sentencing proceedings Mr. Hicks expressed his thanks to the men and women of the U.S. armed forces for the way he was treated. This suggests that a measure of skepticism is in order when assessing the truth of exaggerated claims of abuse made by detainees and their supporters.
No, really. That’s what he wrote and the Yale Law Journal’s Pocket Part published.
Of course, Hicks’s recantation of his charges of torture was part of his plea bargain, negotiated with … you guessed it … Col. Morris Davis.