I have some speculation about its further implications that I don’t feel comfortable putting at the Washington Independent, because it’s so speculative. But that’s what this place is for, so I may publish something here later on. The hearing gets underway at 7:30.
Also: Peter Finn had to fly back to D.C. yesterday, but before he left, he filed this beast of a piece getting Geoff Morrell to confirm on the record that the Office of Military Commissions is seeking a plea deal in Khadr’s case. The stated reasoning he got from anony-officials is that the government doesn’t like the optics of having the first military commission of the Obama era be against someone who was a juvenile when captured. (Peter adds, addressing something we’ve been talking about at mealtime down here, that the commissions moved forward with Khadr after Eric Holder gave the go-ahead to return to five commissions cases earlier this year because his was the most developed case. Which is a simple explanation.) Another reason, however, might be because the government doesn’t want to risk losing a suppression motion that would become something-like-precedent for additional commissions, thereby potentially jeopardizing the viability of the military commissions.