PRAISE FOR MOE DAVIS
“I am endorsing Moe Davis for Congress because when you look at his military service and experience, including his time as a Congressional staff national security expert, law professor and judge, you see his proven record of accomplishment and devotion to our country. And now, more than ever, with our democracy in the balance and our standing in the world in doubt, we need leaders in Washington who bring integrity, empathy and moral clarity to public service.”
—Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.)
“With so much at stake, it’s important we elect a leader who is committed to working for policies that will move North Carolina and our country forward. Moe Davis is that leader.”
—North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper
“Moe Davis is a true American hero, someone who steps forward to do the right thing always. To many, his heroic stepping away from Guantanamo in protest to the torture, and his principled criticism of anyone who steps away from the rule of law throughout his distinguished military and federal career, mark him as someone who represents all that is good about America and her armed forces. I have known Moe for decades and as a Western North Carolinian know that he is ‘mountain strong’ and will represent us all honestly and openly in Congress.”
—Dr. David Crane, Maggie Valley resident who is the former Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and served as Commissioner on the North Carolina Commission of Inquiry on Torture.
“During a terrible time when the leadership in Washington, of which I was a small part, launched an illegal war against Iraq, curtailed Americans’ civil liberties in so many unnecessary and dangerous ways, instituted a surveillance state and, worst of all, began a program of torture and rendered to other countries and to its own secret prisons both the guilty and the innocent to be tortured — in some cases, to death – Col. Davis stood out as a true patriot. He protested. He objected. He resigned his position at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Moe Davis is a real American, not a fake.”
—COL Lawrence Wilkerson (Ret.), former Chief of Staff for Secretary of State Colin Powell and a Commissioner on the North Carolina Commission of Inquiry on Torture.
“David Crane and Lawrence Wilkerson are right about Moe Davis, candidate for Congress for North Carolina’s 11th District. Moe stood up against Guantanamo and torture when few had the courage to do so. We need more people with that kind of integrity, especially now.”
—Laurence Tribe, Harvard Law Professor and an expert on constitutional law who taught President Barack Obama and Chief Justice John Roberts.
“Dear friend! I pray and hope that you make it. Your election as a congressman will surely serve the true American values. Good luck brother.”
— Mohamedou Ould Slahi, who spent 14 years as a detainee at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and is now the subject of a movie in production in South Africa called “Prisoner 760.” He was released in 2016 after Moe Davis wrote a clemency letter on his behalf.
“In my efforts to free Mr. Slahi, I found an unexpected ally. Colonel Morris ‘Moe’ Davis, the former Chief Prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay, came forward to write a letter … in May, 2016 in support of Mr. Slahi. … Mr. Slahi was finally released on Oct. 17, 2016. I believe the letter from Col. Davis played an integral role in that release. Col. Davis had no obligation to write that letter. The fact that he did so I believe speaks to his character. That is the kind of character we need in Washington today.”
— Nancy Hollander, an attorney and partner in the firm of Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg Urias & Ward P.A. in Albuquerque, New Mexico who represented Slahi.
“I am proud to endorse Moe Davis for Congress. He has the temperament, talent, and integrity that all too often seem to be lacking in Washington. As a judge at the Department of Labor, Moe earned a reputation for treating employers and workers with respect. Moe issued hundreds of labor-related decisions, ensuring that: Coal miners who contracted black lung disease got the benefits they earned; whistle-blowers who reported safety issues didn’t suffer retaliation; and workers got the wages they deserved. Just as Moe Davis fought for America’s workers at the Department of Labor, he will fight for the interests of North Carolina’s 11th District when he is elected to Congress.”
—Chris Lu, Deputy Secretary of Labor under President Obama who also served as White House Cabinet Secretary and Assistant to the President, Executive Director of the Obama-Biden Transition Project and Deputy Chief Counsel of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
“I’ve known Col. Moe Davis for many years. In my opinion, he’s one of the straightest shooters in the field of military law. He was determined to bring to justice the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks (something we have yet to achieve), but at the same time he was deeply committed to doing so in a way that respects and preserves our national values. His stand against torture was and is a principled one. He also was instrumental in persuading Congress to guarantee the independence of the office of the military commissions Chief Prosecutor. That was a major achievement. As a veteran and as a lawyer, and even though I believe the country would have done well to send the 9/11 cases in to the civilian federal courts for trial, I respect Moe and am proud to have him as a friend.”
—Eugene R. Fidell, Founder and President Emeritus of the National Institute of Military Justice and Senior Research Scholar in Law and Florence Rogatz Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School, where he lectures on military justice and Guantanamo.
“Moe Davis has a deep well of experience and farsighted vision to superbly represent us in Washington. His track record is impressive. Moe demonstrated exceptional leadership as an Air Force Colonel, capping an impressive 25-year military career. He mastered the law as a military attorney and judge, U.S. Department of Labor Judge, and assistant director for the Library of Congress. Finally, he showed uncompromising moral courage as the lead prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay who held the line against torture-obtained evidence. Moe has the maturity, breadth of experience, and acumen to represent ALL the citizens of Western North Carolina and be a powerful voice in the U.S. House of Representatives. I strongly endorse Moe Davis for Congress, North Carolina District 11.”
—Major General Rick Devereaux (USAF, Ret.), who served as a pilot, commander of a squadron, operations group, two wings, two installations and the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center in New Jersey. He was Air Force Director of Operational Planning, Policy and Strategy at the Pentagon before retiring in 2012.
“Colonel Moe Davis is one of the heroes in the fight for justice. He was assigned as the chief military prosecutor of those detainees charged with war crimes at Guantanamo, and he courageously resigned that position when he found that the procedures adopted were not fair and would not be changed to make them fair. Moe Davis has been at the forefront of fighting for justice there ever since. He is a dedicated public servant and would make a superb Congressman. Colonel Davis understands that our greatness as a nation, and our real strength around the world, derives not from our wealth or military power, but from our ideals of justice, human dignity and the rule of law.”
—Thomas Wilner, Counsel of Record to the Guantanamo detainees in the two U.S. Supreme Court cases confirming their right to seek judicial review of their detentions through the writ of habeas corpus. Wilner is also co-founder with Andy Worthington of the organization, Close Guantanamo.
“Moe Davis will serve us well in Washington. We need a person of principles and courage, someone not afraid to challenge those in power when they stray from their oath of office. Moe is that person. A decorated Air Force colonel and Chief Prosecutor for Military Commissions at Guantanamo Bay, he stood on his principles and resigned rather than follow a directive to use illegal evidence derived from torture. As a veteran and a former military lawyer during the Vietnam era, as Co-Chair of the North Carolina Commission of Inquiry on Torture, and as a civil rights lawyer for more than four decades, I applaud his stance. Please take a look at Moe’s common-sense positions on all the issues. He’s the person we need to represent the 11th Congressional District.”
—Frank Goldsmith, a civil rights attorney from Fletcher who served as co-chair of the North Carolina Commission of Inquiry on Torture, represented detainees at Guantanamo Bay and was named to the list of “Best Lawyers in America.”
“I am aware there have been efforts to impugn his record. I find that astonishing. Col. Davis did exactly what an officer in the military should do when receiving a blatantly unlawful order: Refuse the order and resign the post rather than participate in a clear illegality. Those who question Moe’s record, honesty and decency have either never met Moe or ‘been there.’ Criticism is easy; doing the right thing is exceptionally difficult.”
—Law Prof. Amos Guiora, a former Lt. Col. in the Israeli Defense Forces (Ret.), Commandant of the IDF School of Military Law and Judge Advocate of the Navy and Homefront Command, who teaches International Law and Global Perspectives on Terrorism at the University of Utah.
“While many details of the cruelty and human degradation that was the cornerstone of the detention and ‘interrogation’ programs of the post-9/11 era remain highly guarded secrets, what we do know is that courageous patriots stepped forward and ventured into the light to illuminate the darkness of our past deeds. Moe Davis is one such patriot and leader who put service before self and stood on the principles that are enshrined in our Constitution and that are the bedrock of the rule of law. … The type of leadership and courage Moe Davis displayed was not common, but extraordinary times call for extraordinary leadership. In these extraordinary times, Moe Davis has once again chosen to serve as a representative of North Carolina’s 11th district. He has shown he will stand up for what he believes in, and as a Congressman in the 11th District of North Carolina, he will stand up for his district, and for our country.”
— Mark Fallon was an NCIS Special Agent for 27 years. He served as Deputy Assistant Director for Counterterrorism as well as Chief of Counterintelligence Operations – Europe, Africa, Middle East Division. He is also the author of “UNJUSTIFIABLE MEANS – The Inside Story of How the CIA, Pentagon, and US Government Conspired to Torture.”
SUPPORT FOR MOE DAVIS
Asheville Fire Fighters Association
North Carolina Association of Educators
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
AFL-CIO Western North Carolina Central Labor Council
Veterans and Military Families for Progress
Progressive Caucus of the NC Democratic Party
United Rural Democrats
North Carolina Alliance for Retired Americans
Jewish Democratic Council of America
Planned Parenthood Action Fund
Veterans For Responsible Leadership
Progressive Turnout Project
Moms Demand Action
National Association of Social Workers-Political Action for Candidate Election
Poder NC Action
Serve America PAC
Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund
Senator Tammy Duckworth: Iraq War veteran, Purple Heart recipient who was recently under consideration for Vice President.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper
Former Presidential Candidate, Andrew Yang
Representative Seth Moulton, (D-Mass.)
David Crane: Maggie Valley resident who is the former Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and served as Commissioner on the North Carolina Commission of Inquiry on Torture.
COL Lawrence Wilkerson (Ret.): Former Chief of Staff for Secretary of State Colin Powell and a Commissioner on the North Carolina Commission of Inquiry on Torture.
Chris Lu: Former Deputy Secretary of Labor under President Obama. Lu also served as White House Cabinet Secretary and Assistant to President Obama, was Executive Director of the Obama-Biden Transition Project and was Deputy Chief Counsel of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
Laurence Tribe: Harvard Law Professor and an expert on constitutional law who taught President Barack Obama and Chief Justice John Roberts.
Rich Verma: Ambassador to India under President Obama from 2014 to 2017; Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs at the State Department from 2009 to 2011.
Mark Fallon: An NCIS Special Agent for 27 years. He served as Deputy Assistant Director for Counterterrorism as well as Chief of Counterintelligence Operations – Europe, Africa, Middle East Division. He is also the author of “UNJUSTIFIABLE MEANS – The Inside Story of How the CIA, Pentagon, and US Government Conspired to Torture.”
Eugene R. Fidell: Founder and President Emeritus of the National Institute of Military Justice and Senior Research Scholar in Law and Florence Rogatz Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School, where he lectures on military justice and Guantanamo.
Thomas Wilner: Counsel of record to the Guantanamo detainees in the two U.S. Supreme Court cases confirming their right to seek judicial review of their detentions through the writ of habeas corpus. Wilner is also co-founder with Andy Worthington of the organization, Close Guantanamo.
Frank Goldsmith: Civil rights attorney from Fletcher who served as co-chair of the North Carolina Commission of Inquiry on Torture, represented detainees at Guantanamo Bay and was named to the list of “Best Lawyers in America,” has endorsed Moe Davis for Congress in the 11th District.
Mohamedou Ould Slahi: Guantanamo Bay detainee for 14 years. Moe Davis assisted in his release in 2016 by writing a letter of clemency. Slahi recently wished Moe luck in the race. “Your election as a congressman will surely serve the true American values.”
Nancy Hollander: Attorney for Slahi who worked for years to free him and says Moe Davis exhibited the kind of character needed in Washington.
Amos Guiora: A former Lt. Col. in the Israeli Defense Forces (Ret.), Commandant of the IDF School of Military Law and Judge Advocate of the Navy and Homefront Command, who teaches International Law and Global Perspectives on Terrorism at the University of Utah.
Asheville Citizen Times
Sheriff Quentin Miller: Buncombe County Sheriff
Bob Orr: From Burnsville, former Associate Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court and 2008 Republican candidate for Governor.
Gina Collias: Democratic candidate for Congress in North Carolina’s 11th District, 2020
Michael O’Shea: Democratic candidate for Congress in North Carolina’s 11th District, 2020
Rick Devereaux: From Asheville, Major General Rick Devereaux (USAF, Ret.), headed national security expert and Air Force Director of Operational Planning, Policy and Strategy at the Pentagon before retiring in 2012.
Bob Scott: Mayor of Franklin.
Julie Mayfield: Asheville City Council Member.
Rod Whiteside: Mayor of Fletcher.
Gordon Smith: Former Asheville City Council member.
Scott Donaldson: From Hendersonville, a Democratic candidate for Congress in the 11th District in 2018.
Ryan Stone: Black Mountain Alderman.
Chuck Dickson: Town of Waynesville Alderman.
David B. Wheeler: From Spruce Pine, candidate for North Carolina State Senate in District 47 in 2018 and 2020.
Josh Remillard: Iraq War veteran and Democratic nominee for North Carolina State House in District 117 in 2020.
Frank Lay: Clyde Mayor Pro Tem
Norm Bossert: From Pisgah Forest, the Democratic nominee for North Carolina State Senate in District 48 in 2016 and 2018.
Gayle Kemp: From Fletcher, an attorney who ran for North Carolina State House in District 117 in 2018.
Todd Williams: Buncombe County District Attorney
Emmet Carney: Former Buncombe County Democratic Chairman and Assistant District Attorney.
Chaplain Wanda H. Hunt: From Mitchell County, former North Carolina State Senator.
Aaron Martin: From Hayesville, State Executive Director of the Farm Service Agency from 2009 to 2013, District Director who worked with farmers from Rutherford to Cherokee counties over 35 years and a Democrat who ran for North Carolina State House District 120 in 2018.
Ed Hallyburton: A teacher from Connelly Springs who is running for North Carolina State House in District 112 in 2020.
Greg Gallagher: A teacher from Rutherford County who ran for North Carolina State House in District 112 in 2018.