Top Congressional Researcher Fired For Criticizing Decision On Gitmo Trials | Talking Points Memo

Morris Davis, a top foreign policy researcher for the Congressional Research Service, has been fired after writing an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal that criticizes the Obama administration’s decision to bring some Guantanamo detainees to trial, while others will face military commissions.In the November 10 op-ed, Davis, who resigned as chief prosecutor for the U.S. military commission in 2007, claiming that the process was becoming politicized, called the decision to hold two types of trials a “mistake.” He said that using two different legal settings “will establish a dangerous legal double standard that gives some detainees superior rights and protections, and relegates others to the inferior rights and protections of military commissions. This will only perpetuate the perception that Guantanamo and justice are mutually exclusive.”

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