A lawyer for a Palestinian man whom the military calls one of its "high value detainees" at Guantanamo is urging the government to finally charge the man after 10 years in custody. Attorney Joseph Margulies says the U.S. should either prosecute or release Abu Zubaydah after subjecting him to harsh treatment that included simulated drowning, known as waterboarding.
Margulies says the U.S. has backed off previous allegations that Zubaydah was the third-ranking leader of al-Qaida. But he says they won't charge him either. The Chicago law professor and his co-counsel sent a letter Thursday to the Pentagon legal official in charge of the military tribunals pleading for him to file charges. A Pentagon spokesman declined to comment.
- Associated Press