Bush Administration: Punishing the "Non-Believers"
By "Non-Believers" I am referring to those who are not 100% with the authoritarian policies of the Bush regime. The latest to be punished is Lt. Cmdr. Charles Swift, the Navy lawyer who defended Hamdan, Bin Laden’s driver. As a result of his defense, the Supreme Court justices ruled in June that the ad hoc military tribunals were unconstitutional . Two weeks after the decision, Lt. Cmdr. Swift was notified that he had been passed over for promotion.
Swift's supervisor, the Pentagon's chief defense counsel for Military Commissions, said the career Navy officer had served with distinction.
"Charlie has obviously done an exceptional job, a really extraordinary job," said Marine Col. Dwight Sullivan, a former American Civil Liberties Union attorney, calling it "quite a coincidence" that the Navy promotion board passed on promoting Swift "within two weeks of the Supreme Court opinion."
But this is standard operating procedure where adherence to The Leader's dogma is the the only thing that matters. Given how widely this has been enforced, its little wonder that the governement is incompetent on such a massive scale and that laws have become meaningless.
"All I ever wanted was to make a difference -- and in that sense I think my career and personal satisfaction has been beyond my dreams," he said.Lt. Cmdr. Swift deserves our admiration. What is depressing, although not surprising, is that such people have no place in the current regime.