Fired US Attorney To Prosecute Gitmo Cases

David Iglesias — the former US Attorney who was fired in 2006 for failing to prosecute politically motivated cases as aggressively as the Bush administration and its allies wanted — has a new job.

Iglesias, a member of the US Naval Reserve JAG corps, has been reactivated as part of a special prosecution team for Guantanamo detainees, he told a New Mexico news station this morning.

“One hundred percent of what I’m doing is prosecuting terrorist cases out of Guantanamo,” he said.

Igleisas explained that he had already begun the work, having travelled to the facility once, and expecting to go back.

“It’s the most significant set of orders I’ve had in my 24 years of navy service,” he added. “The level of detail that I’m looking into some of these terrorist groups, it just takes my breath away.”

And he signaled what seemed to be a change in tone from the Bush years. “We want to make sure that those terrorists that did commit acts will be brought to justice — and those that did not will be released.”

Asked about the unlikelihood of being named to a frontline job in the war on terror, after being fired as a US Attorney for alienating the Bush administration, Iglesias allowed: “It’s been very ironic.”

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We’ve got our own call in to Iglesias…

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