Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Making it up as they go along

McCain says that he wants to bar torture by Americans and members of the Senate and the House agree with him. The standards he wants to put in place were to be based on the Army's field manual on interrogations. So what happens? The Army changes the field manual:
The Army has approved a new, classified set of interrogation methods that may complicate negotiations over legislation proposed by Senator John McCain to bar cruel and inhumane treatment of detainees in American custody, defense officials said Tuesday.

The techniques are included in a 10-page classified addendum to a new Army field manual that was forwarded this week to Stephen A. Cambone, the under secretary of defense for intelligence policy, for final approval, they said.
If I were McCain, I'd track down the paper trail on this shit. Most of the comments I heard about torture from the officers in the command group in Afghanistan (while Abu Ghraib and other torture stories were really taking off in the news) were about how stupid torture was, both as a tool for gathering intelligence and as a PR move. (Was concern for those tortured further down on the list? Yeah, it often was, but, in the soldiers' defense, thoughts of how actions affect the mission are the first thoughts that pop into the heads of the best soldiers.)

So, if I were a senator, the first thing I would do was find out who wrote this classified section and see exactly who started the ball rolling on this addendum. The soldiers I've talked to don't want this shit. Does anyone else think that Cambone had probably already seen most of this stuff before it was "forwarded" to him?


Blogger california_reality_check said...

This could be construed as a delay tactic at the very least. The Congress will have to review the changes first. Classified? So, do the ground people and contractors get to see the rules or are they on their own as always. Typical Bushco method.

8:07 AM  

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