Thursday, June 16, 2005

Pentagon Concerned About Legality of Interrogation Techniques

Memo: Pentagon Concerned About Legality of Interrogation Techniques

Why would the Pentagon have been worried?

During a January 2003 meeting involving top Pentagon lawyer William Haynes and other officials, the memo shows that Mora warned that "use of coercive techniques … has military, legal, and political implication … has international implication … and exposes us to liability and criminal prosecution."
Mora's deep concerns about interrogations at Guantanamo have been known, but not his warning that top officials could go to prison.

Because it's our men and women in uniform who get left holding the bag. All the time.

In another internal memo obtained by ABC News, a Navy psychologist observing the interrogation warned that the tactics used against Mohammed al Qahtani — dubbed "the 20th hijacker" — revealed "a tendency to become increasingly more aggressive without having a definite boundary."
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said Tuesday that interrogating al Qahtani had produced results.

That doesn't -- this is shocking, I know -- actually make it okay.

Sen. Durbin on GTMO Treatment

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