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deminks Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 07:47 AM
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Bush admin ignored warnings from military about torture.
Edited on Thu Jul-28-05 08:26 AM by deminks
I think this story is important. There is a story in the NYT today about new documents released to Sen. Lindsey Graham that show military leaders wrote dissenting memos about policies being written that ok'd torturing detainees.

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/28/politics/28abuse.html ?

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."

Any such crimes, he said, could be prosecuted in other nations' courts, international courts or the International Criminal Court, a body the United States does not formally participate in or recognize.

Other senior military lawyers warned in tones of sharp concern that aggressive interrogation techniques would endanger American soldiers taken prisoner and also diminish the country's standing as a leader in "the moral high road" approach to the laws of war.

The memorandums provide the most complete record to date of how uniformed military lawyers were frequently the chief dissenters as government officials formulated interrogation policies.

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Americablog has a good entry about this, too.

http://americablog.blogspot.com /
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MemphisTiger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 07:52 AM
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1. There's a f'ng surprise
they ignored warnings on everything else, why not this?
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Tesla Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 07:55 AM
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2. He didn't think it was wrong
so it was just another day for him.
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