The verdicts have to be arranged for the election, don't they:

Politically motivated officials at the Pentagon have pushed for convictions of high-profile detainees ahead of the 2008 elections, the former lead prosecutor for terrorism trials at Guantanamo Bay said last night, adding that the pressure played a part in his decision to resign earlier this month.

Er: I think these have historically been described as show trials. And, in the past, they have been preceded by similar kinds of prisoner treatment. Kleiman notes that a politicized uniformed officer is the source. I'm not surprised either.

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