The New York Times published a wonderful letter today:
No Justice at Guantánamo
You correctly call on President Obama to fulfill his pledge on his second day in office to “Close Guantánamo Prison” (editorial, Nov. 26). I stood behind President Obama in the Oval Office when he signed the executive order to do so. And as the Navy judge advocate general at the Pentagon on 9/11, I want justice. But Guantánamo has not provided that justice and has not made us safer.
The military commission system at Guantánamo is a make-it-up-as-you-go system, unlike the proven federal court system. I attended the trial of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed at Guantánamo earlier this year, and the court is still grappling with basic questions like whether the Constitution applies.
Guantánamo remains a recruiting tool for terrorists and will remain so until that prison is shuttered. President Obama must fulfill his pledge to me, the American people and those who look to us to lead, and he should veto any further attempts to restrict his ability to do so.
DONALD J. GUTER
Houston, Nov. 27, 2012