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February 27, 2006

The inside story on the fight over abuse and torture within the Bush Administration.

-- by Thomas Leavitt

[You can read the "secret" twenty-two page memo authored by Mora, the subject of the article below. -Thomas]

How an internal effort to ban the abuse and torture of detainees was thwarted.
Issue of 2006-02-27
Posted 2006-02-20

One night this January, in a ceremony at the Officers’ Club at Fort
Myer, in Arlington, Virginia, which sits on a hill with a commanding
view across the Potomac River to the Washington Monument, Alberto J.
Mora, the outgoing general counsel of the United States Navy, stood next
to a podium in the club’s ballroom. A handsome gray-haired man in his
mid-fifties, he listened with a mixture of embarrassment and pride as
his colleagues toasted his impending departure. Amid the usual tributes
were some more pointed comments.

“Never has there been a counsel with more intellectual courage or
personal integrity,” David Brant, the former head of the Naval Criminal
Investigative Service, said. Brant added somewhat cryptically, “He
surprised us into doing the right thing.” Conspicuous for his silence
that night was Mora’s boss, William J. Haynes II, the general counsel of
the Department of Defense.

Back in Haynes’s office, on the third floor of the Pentagon, there was a
stack of papers chronicling a private battle that Mora had waged against
Haynes and other top Administration officials, challenging their tactics
in fighting terrorism. Some of the documents are classified and, despite
repeated requests from members of the Senate Armed Services Committee
and the Senate Judiciary Committee, have not been released. One
document, which is marked “secret” but is not classified, is a
twenty-two-page memo written by Mora. It shows that three years ago Mora
tried to halt what he saw as a disastrous and unlawful policy of
authorizing cruelty toward terror suspects.

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Posted by Thomas Leavitt at February 27, 2006 9:07 PM

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OK Dave,

It took 3 seperate sittings, but I finally made it through all 22 pages of the memo, and the article by Jane Mayer. I don't understand how Ms. Mayer can title her article "How an internal effort to ban the abuse and torture of detainees was thwarted." Did she not read the memo? Mr. Mora's views won the day and were implemented. How does Ms. Mayer retain any credibility with the left when she so obviously misstates the facts. My goodness, the memo is there for anyone to read. Mr. Mora states his confidence in the system and how pleased he was with the outcome in his epilogue on pages 20-21 of the memo.

I don't know Dave, this seems so transparent I wonder why you bothered to post it.

Posted by: HappyOD [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 28, 2006 4:42 PM

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