In September 28, 2006, Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England discusses the trials of alleged terrorists detained by the US and states that "there could be strategic political value in getting some of these cases going before the elections."
The judge presiding over the Salim Hamdan case disqualified Brig. Gen. Thomas Hartmann from any further involvement in the case because his aims were too political, and his cheerleading for the prosecution too obvious to allow him to remain involved. Hartmann is the Legal Advisor to the Convening Authority. That office oversees both prosecutors and defense attorneys. But as the judge's ruling makes clear, Hartmann wasn't anything close to impartial. Even beyond the judge's conclusion, the ruling is a remarkable document because it involves a blow-by-blow account of Hartmann's politicization of the process.