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The A.C.L.U. has released memos it received through an F.O.I.A. filing. The memos disclose the tense relationship between the F.B.I. and D.I.A. on the side against torture and the Pentagon supporting harsh interrogation.

One F.B.I. memo refers to Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller, architect of Guantanamo Bay detention facility so-called harsh interrogation techniques -- which everyone else calls torture. He's the guy who was sent to Iraq to institute interrogation procedures. Miller has been sent back to the Pentagon to oversee housing. The particular memo about him is reported in yesterday's New York Times and the pertinent portion follows:

"The disclosure of memorandums by the A.C.L.U., as well as reports of a recent complaint about torture at Guantánamo by the International Committee of the Red Cross, have increasingly contradicted the military's statements about the limited extent of harsh treatment of prisoners.

"One of the F.B.I. memorandums disclosed earlier this week described a bureau official expressing shock to read an interview given by Maj. Gen. Geoffrey D. Miller, the commander of the Guantánamo prison until last April, to the Stars and Stripes newspaper in which he asserted that the interrogation system there was based on establishing rapport with the detainees.

"The bureau official reported being so surprised, 'I did cartwheels.'

"General Miller, according to the memorandum, had been so frank in discussions about the need to use harsh interrogation tactics that it resulted in strong disagreements with the F.B.I. contingent in Guantánamo." (See the Scribble Archive 05.10.04 and 05.20.04 for two other appearances by Miller in Scribble.

I'm wondering when
Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld will have to answer for this stuff.
(The Washington Post also has a report on the released memos.)


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