Scott Horton Interviews Maj. Todd E. Pierce

Scott Horton, January 28, 2010

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Major Todd E. Pierce, a Judge Advocate General representing Guantanamo inmate Ali al-Bahlul, discusses the appeal of his client’s conviction for – among other things – making al Qaeda propaganda videos, how Congress exceeding its authority by passing the Military Commissions Act (MCA), pertinent First Amendment and court precedent issues, the misuse of the “define and punish” clause in Article 1, Section 8, of the Constitution, the effective worldwide criminalization of any expression of dissent against the US government and how existing laws and courts were perfectly capable of handling terrorism cases.

MP3 here. (30:29)

Major Todd E. Pierce is a Judge Advocate General in the US Army Reserve.

3 Responses to “Maj. Todd E. Pierce”

  1. I was very impressed by Major Pierce. He represents the best of America. It is certainly refreshing to hear his honest and sincere statements – a rarity among lawyers. I got the impression that he was willing to defend the Constitutional rights of Americans (and even non-Americans) regardless of whether he shared their personal political beliefs.

    He did not come off as some sort of crusading liberal. In fact he seems to be a conservative. He reminds me of the lawyer Atticus Finch in "To Kill a Mockingbird". Although Major Pierce never mentioned it in the interview, I am quite sure that he has been the victim of death threats. I applaud him for his courage and thank him for his service to our country.

  2. Good officer, the Major. He's as devoted to the law as to the uniform he wears.

    What a contrast between him and scumbags like Michael Mukasey, John Yoo, Jay Bybee. . . .

  3. Good officer, the Major. He's as devoted to the law as to the uniform he wears.

    What a contrast between him and scumbags like Michael Mukasey, John Yoo, Jay Bybee. . . .

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