“Despite being referred to as an ‘belligerent unprivileged foreign enemy’, technically devoid of the rights of American citizens, the utter disregard for the fundamental concepts upon which the Constitution was founded is an affront to American values and concepts of justice “, indicates the letter.
Panel members are also asking for leniency due to the extent to which Khan was tortured while in U.S. government custody.
“Mr. Khan has been subjected to physical and psychological abuse far beyond approved enhanced interrogation techniques, approximating instead torture practiced by the most abusive regimes in modern history,” the letter said. “It’s a stain on America’s moral fiber.”
He added: “The treatment of Mr. Khan at the hands of American personnel should be a source of shame on the United States government.”