Civil Liberties

Josef K, Attorney at Law


Doron Taussig at the Philadelphia City Paper spends a few days with Thomas Bogar, an attorney assigned to represent a prisoner at Gitmo.

Bogar once ran for school board as a Republican, because he believes, he says, in the "Reagan ideal" of small government. And from the delicate, diplomatic way he treats political questions, he may have greater ambitions. But since visiting Zahir, he has not voiced opinions that would be acceptable in the National Review. He says he's concerned about torture, about showing the world we can give the detainees a fair trial. And he questions the government's decision to prosecute his guy.

"I like to use the analogy (of) organized crime," the attorney, whose cell phone rings with the theme from The Godfather, says. "[The 10 who have been charged] are not the captains. They're more like the guys [who] can't even be made, because they're not even Italian. [Zahir] was serving as an interpreter."

It's an interesting look at the struggle of representing a client who doesn't have… what do you call them? Rights.