‘No Finer Officer’ Than Moe Davis

Senator Lindsey Graham: ‘No Finer Officer’ Than Moe Davis


If you want to find the true measure of Colonel Moe Davis (USAF, Ret.), it won’t be found in some random, salty tweet.

Talk to the people who know him. Talk to those who have served with him. Or take a moment to read the official Congressional Record from Sept. 28, 2006. In it, you will find this statement, on record, from Senator Lindsey Graham:

I have been a member of the JAG court for over 20 years. I have had the honor of serving with many men and women who will be in that court-martial scene. The chief prosecutor, Moe Davis, I met as a captain. There is no finer officer in the military than Colonel Davis. He is committed to render justice.

Colonel Davis got to know Senator Graham back when both were in the Air Force JAG Corps. In fact, Sen. Graham was the opposing counsel in the first trial Col. Davis ever conducted back in the 1980s. Col. Davis went on to work with both Senator John McCain and Sen. Graham on the Military Commissions Act of 2006, which set the rules for military trials at Guantanamo Bay.

It was a memorable meeting with Sen. McCain.

“I told Sen. McCain I was not going to use evidence obtained by ‘enhanced interrogation’ (i.e. torture),’’ Col Davis recalled. “He put his hand on my shoulder and said, ‘I’m glad to hear you say that.’ ”

Over the years, that level of respect remained. And when Col. Davis, then retired, was fired by the Library of Congress for writing an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal that was critical of the Obama Administration’s handling of trials at Guantanamo Bay, one of the first to come to his defense was Senator Graham. He sent a letter to the Library of Congress that said, in part, “I have known Col. Davis for more than twenty years as a man of the highest ability and integrity.”

If you want to know the true measure of a man, ask those who know him.



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