Public Enemy

I’m reading the Senate Armed Services Committee “Inquiry Into the Treatment of Detainees in U.S. Custody” executive summary now (link goes to TPM, their link gives you a gigantic PDF).

Allow me to bring William J. Haynes II “Jim” within the path of a giant space laser, or at least your wishful thinking. He’s the DoD Counsel, and he emerges a key linchpin for the war crimes cabal.

Quoting from page xviii to xix of the document. Any errors in transcription due to miscoding of PDF affecting copy/paste. As many have said, prepare yourself for the banality of evil. Interesting sidenote on Haynes’ inability to pull a Bybee and get on a Fed Court for life. It appears that Lindsey Graham could manifest the tiniest of consciences.

Prepare to mentally vomit.

Military Lawyers Raise Red Flags and Joint Staff Review Quashed (U)

(U) In early November 2002, in a series of memos responding to the Joint Staff’s call for comments on GTMO’s request, the military services identified serious legal concerns about the techniques and called for additional analysis.

(U) The Air Force cited “serious concerns regarding the legality of many of the proposed techniques” and stated that “techniques described may be subject to challenge as failing to meet the requirements outlined in the military order to treat detainees humanely…” The Air Force also called for an in depth legal review of the request.

(U) CITF’s Chief Legal Advisor wrote that certain techniques in GTMO’s October 11,
2002 request “may subject service members to punitive articles of the [Uniform Code of Military Justice],” called “the utility and legality of applying certain techniques” in the request “questionable,” and stated that he could not “advocate any action, interrogation or otherwise, that is predicated upon the principle that all is well if the ends justify the means and others are not aware of how we conduct our business.”

(U) The Chief of the Army’s International and Operational Law Division wrote that techniques like stress positions, deprivation of light and auditory stimuli, and use of phobias to induce stress “crosses the line of ‘humane’ treatment,” would “likely be considered maltreatment” under the UCMJ, and “may violate the torture statute.” The Army labeled GTMO’s request “legally insufficient” and called for additional review.

(U) The Navy recommended a “more detailed interagency legal and policy review” of the request. And the Marine Corps expressed strong reservations, stating that several techniques in the request “arguably violate federal law, and would expose our service members to possible prosecution.” The Marine Corps also said the request was not “legally sufficient,” and like the other services, called for “a more thorough legal and policy review.”

(U) Then-Captain (now Rear Admiral) Jane Dalton, Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that her staff discussed the military services’ concerns with the DoD General Counsel’s Office at the time and that the DoD General Counsel Jim Haynes was aware ofthe services’ concerns. Mr. Haynes, on the other hand, testified that he did not know that the memos from the military services existed (a statement he later qualified by stating that he was not sure he knew they existed). Eliana Davidson, the DoD Associate Deputy General Counsel for International Affairs, said that she told the General Counsel that the GTMO request needed further assessment. Mr. Haynes did not recall Ms. Davidson telling him that.

(U) Captain Dalton, who was the Chairman’s Legal Counsel, said that she had her own concerns with the GTMO request and directed her staff to initiate a thorough legal and policy review of the techniques. That review, however, was cut short. Captain Dalton said that General Myers returned from a meeting and advised her that Mr. Haynes wanted her to stop her review, in part because of concerns that people were going to see the GTMO request and the military services’ analysis of it. Neither General Myers nor Mr. Haynes recalled cutting short the Dalton review, though neither has challenged Captain Dalton’s recollection. Captain Dalton testified that this occasion marked the only time she had ever been told to stop analyzing a request that came to her for review.

Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld Approves Aggressive Techniques (U)

(U) With respect to GTMO’s October 11, 2002 request to use aggressive interrogation techniques, Mr. Haynes said that “there was a sense by the DoD Leadership that this decision was taking too long” and that Secretary Rumsfeld told his senior advisors “I need a recommendation” On November 27, 2002, the Secretary got one. Notwithstanding the serious legal concerns raised by the military services, Mr. Haynes sent a one page memo to the Secretary, recommending that he approve all but three ofthe eighteen techniques in the GTMO request. Techniques such as stress positions, removal of clothing, use ofphobias (such as fear of dogs), and deprivation oflight and auditory stimuli were all recommended for approval.

(U) Mr. Haynes’s memo indicated that he had discussed the issue with Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Doug Feith, and General Myers and that he believed they concurred in his recommendation. When asked what he relied on to make his recommendation that the aggressive techniques be approved, the only written legal opinion Mr. Haynes cited was Lieutenant Colonel Beaver’s legal analysis, which senior military lawyers had considered “legally insufficient” and “woefully inadequate,” and which LTC Beaver herself had expected would be supplemented with a review by persons with greater experience than her own.


20 Responses to “Public Enemy”

  • Could Lieutenant Colonel Beaver’s assistant be Major Woody?

  • Leavenworth with an insect* placed in the cell.

    *Although, it had better be a triply-mutant-sink-lettuce-zombie-emu-cockroach in order to survive attacks by Rumsfled’s laser-eye death rays and Cheney’s atomic phlegm.

  • The wing dings are already joking about that “it’s just a caterpillar” but now the entire technique is destroyed because the terrorists will know that the bug doesn’t sting. Somehow the thousands of face slaps and the sleep deprivation and the constant humiliation tells me that giant gobag now says “I know you thought we weren’t using a stinging but..” will still be effective.

    I really hope Holder shows some spine on this. This is unconscionable, as we previously concluded.

  • frozen peesicles and caterpillers in their tacos for all defenders of torture!

  • From 1/15/09:

    Eric Holder: “No one is above the law.”

    In his confirmation hearing today, Attorney General nominee Eric Holder said clearly that he believes waterboarding is torture, and that other countries would be violating international law if they waterboarded U.S. citizens.

    Yes, Holder better uphold the law.

    p.s. I don’t want to plagiarize, but I also don’t know how to insert a hypertext link. Sorry!

  • Symbol dude-

    type this a> href=”http://link.address”>clickable text</a

    but put on the outside of the two a letters above.

  • put >, < on the outside but put the former at the end after the a (no space) and put the latter at the beginning before the a, no space.

  • Like this?


  • Like this?

    Finally, something everyone can understand. Will 3B! survive this ignominy?

  • You forgot to not include the or the .

  • At 3Bulls!, even the Serious Pants are half-assed.

  • I may or may not be Twittering the Great Mandos Snorkel at @namomandos. I need to put on my Ezra Klein suit.

  • Military officers resigned, risked their careers and more, and otherwise stood against torture far more bravely than did most of our elected officials. Military lawyers in particular were one of the most outspoken groups against the madness.

    The Harper’s article you cite as an interesting sidenote details just one effort by the Bush Administration to turn the armed forces into another arm of the conservative Republican machine. Let’s hope they failed as miserably in that endeavor as they did at almost everything else they did.

  • agreed Snag. I was very impressed with the military lawyers as described in the article.

  • Like this:

    <a href="">Emu Alerts</a>

  • A couple of other perspectives on the torture stuff:

    Hunter at dKos
    Former career Justice Dept prosecutor Elizabeth de la Vega

    I note that Myers and Haynes seem to suffer from the prion-like memory disease of Bush administration insiders.

    I’ll third Snag’s comment. It’s been clear for quite some time that a significant number of the JAG lawyers involved with GTMO issues have had great integrity and willingness to stand up to institutional pressure.

  • I’m highly annoyed at Graham being able to take a tiny personal revenge on Haynes for his JAG-jihad, but not put two and two together about anything else- just why were the JAG lawyers standing up to Haynes? For principles Graham doesn’t have, apparently. The Dems are using the classified aspects of this business as a shield. I am so sick over this. I really do wish Holder goes on a rampage.

  • PP, I agree about the Dems. If Leahy sets up a commission it should definitely ask Pelosi and Rockefeller to testify. They should have at the least written letters saying they strongly oppose the ‘program’. At the least!

    I’ve been wondering – who speaks for the wicked?

    Please ignore the rest of this post, it is my own little experiment. O.k. – here goes, I hope I don’t blow up the blog…

    My first try at hypertexting.


  • Rockefeller had a hand-written CYA note, but forget about that. They rolled over then, they should at least have the guts now to build for the future.

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