Wednesday, June 23, 2004

The Whole Truth

I wanted to comment on the Administration's selective disclosure of documents relating to consideration of permissible interrogation techniques in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo, but Billmon and Froomkin are all over it.

The released documents relate primarily to administration deliberarations in the winter of 2002 and spring of 2003. They do nothing to dispel allegations that administration dismay at the surging Iraqi insurgency last fall prompted a ratcheting-up of interrogation techniques in Iraq, that Gen. Miller was dispatched from Guantanamo to Iraq for the purpose of implementing harsher interrogation techniques, that Asst. Sec. of Defense Stephen Cambone dispatched Miller for such purpose, and that Rumsfeld knew all about it.

The decision not to subpoena the complete administration file on interrogation techniques, a shameful decision by Orrin Hatch and his fellow republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee, is now absolutely unjustifiable in light of the administration's selective disclosure. We need the whole story, not just the parts the Deserter would like to tell us.


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