BBC: JAg Lawyer says Pentagon urged interrogators to destroy notes

In “Pentagon ‘urged notes destroyed’: Guantanamo Bay interrogators were told to destroy handwritten notes in case they were called to testify on detainee treatment, a military lawyer alleges, the BBC reports that JAG attorney Lt. Cmdr. William Kuebler, says in a signed affidavit that a Pentagon operations manual told interrogators

The mission has legal and political issues that may lead to interrogators being called to testify, keeping the number of documents with interrogation information to a minimum can minimise certain legal issues.

The lack of notes stopped Kuebler from challenging alleged confessions in the case of his client, Omar Khadr, a Canadian, and the only Westerner still held at Gitmo. The 21-year-old, who has been interred since he was fifteen stands, accused of killing a US soldier and wounding another during a battle in Afghanistan in 2002.

May 23, Canada’s Supreme Court ruled the Canadian government had acted illegally by handing over documents from an interview with the suspect by its own intelligence services a year after his capture.

February 22, Khadr had signed an affidavit released in redacted form on March 18 alleging torture.

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