Richard Kammen, the lead counsel for Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who was convicted in Yemen over the bombing of USS Cole but is also facing conspiracy charges at Guantánamo, said the government had seriously undermined Gen Martins's position as chief prosecutor. "The sub-context of this is, 'Who's in charge?' And to what extent does Gen Martins have any real authority in this case, other than to give speeches?" said Mr Kammen.
I don't think it matters that much. My prediction: Obama pardons every single Muslim jihadi (including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the Fort Hood shooter and the Blind Sheikh). But he'd better hurry -- they'll all be dead from old age soon.