Ex-Gitmo prosecutor calls for reforms

Oct. 12, 2008 at 6:21 PM

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- A former U.S. prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay says he resigned because he suspected the government was withholding evidence that would assist the defense.

Army Lt. Col. Darrel Vandeveld told the Los Angeles Times in an e-mail that he was alarmed at the conduct of the trials of suspected terrorists and hoped reforms would be made.

"Our enemies deserve nothing less than what we would expect from them were the situations reversed," Vandeveld said. "More than anything, I hope we can rediscover some of our American values."

The Times said Sunday it swapped some e-mails with Vandeveld until he was reminded by the Pentagon that he was not authorized to speak to the media while still on active duty.

Vandeveld's superior, Col. Lawrence Morris, denied Vandeveld's allegations that evidence was withheld from the defense in some cases and also called his criticisms of the tribunal process "unfair."

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