With its weighted, military court setting, the historic Gitmo terrorist trial of Osama bin Laden's former driver - represented in part by Seattle attorneys - is expected to result in the conviction of Salim Ahmed Hamdan. Still, it's not going all that great for government prosecutors. They've finished their case but refuse to rest, needing more witnesses - weak though they may be. Reports the LA Times:
Pentagon counterintelligence agent Robert McFadden is expected to testify [if a judge allows it] that in a May 17, 2003, interrogation, Hamdan said he had once sworn an oath of loyalty to Bin Laden. It is the only time in more than 40 known interrogations that Hamdan allegedly made that admission.
The Times also notes that Hamdan's attorneys can be quick to destroy the court's laborious efforts to convict Hamdan by implication:
On Monday, the court watched a 90-minute film commissioned by the tribunal as a primer on Al Qaeda and its mission. The film, "The Al Qaeda Plan," was modeled on "The Nazi Plan," which was presented to the Nuremberg war crimes court that judged Adolf Hitler's inner circle in the late 1940s.
Hamdan defense lawyer Charles Swift concluded his cross-examination of the film's producer, terrorism consultant Evan F. Kohlmann, by asking if Hitler's driver was prosecuted for war crimes. Kohlmann said he didn't know.