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Why is the Administration ignoring the advice of our military? This only bolsters my claim that this Administration is condoning the types of acts that happened at Abu Ghraib when they continue to keep a torture policy in place which harms our credibility as a free and Democratic nation.

More from the NY Times.

WASHINGTON, July 27 – Senior military lawyers lodged vigorous and detailed dissents in early 2003 as an administration legal task force concluded that President Bush had authority as commander in chief to order harsh interrogations of prisoners at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, newly disclosed documents show.

Despite the military lawyers’ warnings, the task force concluded that military interrogators and their commanders would be immune from prosecution for torture under federal and international law because of the special character of the fight against terrorism.

In memorandums written by several senior uniformed lawyers in each of the military services as the legal review was under way, they had urged a sharply different view and also warned that the position eventually adopted by the task force could endanger American service members.

So how did these documents see the light of day?

The memorandums were declassified and released last week in response to a request from Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina. Mr. Graham made the request after hearings in which officers representing the military’s judge advocates general acknowledged having expressed concerns over interrogation policies.

The documents include one written by the deputy judge advocate general of the Air Force, Maj. Gen. Jack L. Rives, advising the task force that several of the “more extreme interrogation techniques, on their face, amount to violations of domestic criminal law” as well as military law.

General Rives added that many other countries were likely to disagree with the reasoning used by Justice Department lawyers about immunity from prosecution. Instead, he said, the use of many of the interrogation techniques “puts the interrogators and the chain of command at risk of criminal accusations abroad.”

We have to start being honest about this issue, and I hope the Administration starts addressing it immediately.

  • RiverRat

    This is very old news folks. These hidebound JAG types were leaking this stuff last year and also testifying in Congress about it two weeks ago. All that’s new is the documents. BTW, All these complaints were from attorneys and not from intel or combat types. Graham is an ex-Jag wimp.

  • debsay

    Personally I don’t care what they do to these terrorists, incase you missed the video they cut off our heads… nothing we do would compare to this treatment so I’m fine with whatever they do….

    Maybe we should start showing video of their treatment of prisoners so we can compare them, maybe our citizens need to see the enemy for what it truly is instead of hiding it and only screaming about our ‘abuses’. I’m sorry but loud music, turning off the AC, turning the AC on full blast, having a female come on to them, etc. is NOT ABUSE. You have dumbed down the meaning so much that if an inmate is the least bit uncomfortable it becomes ‘abuse’.

    Now, come and talk to me when we start hooking up batteries to their balls, ripping out their tongues, breaking their arms and legs, dislocating their shoulders, pulling off their fingernails and toenails…. then we’ll talk ‘abuse’.

  • http://www.kozoru.com Justin Gardner

    Personally I don’t care what they do to these terrorists, incase you missed the video they cut off our heads… nothing we do would compare to this treatment so I’m fine with whatever they do…

    You do realize that we detain and interrogate people who we later let go because we made a mistake, right?

    Now, come and talk to me when we start hooking up batteries to their balls, ripping out their tongues, breaking their arms and legs, dislocating their shoulders, pulling off their fingernails and toenails…. then we’ll talk ‘abuse’.

    The tactics you describe have been used and the Administration wants to keep them on the table. Please, do your research.

    And this…

    This is very old news folks. These hidebound JAG types were leaking this stuff last year and also testifying in Congress about it two weeks ago. All that’s new is the documents. BTW, All these complaints were from attorneys and not from intel or combat types. Graham is an ex-Jag wimp.

    So I’m glad to see so many torture apologists around here. It’s really heart warming to know.

    Jeez…