THE ABU GHRAIB DECISION

You can read it here, by clicking through the site and downloading it. It’s the Southern District of New York, before Judge Hellerstein and the case number is 04 cv. 4151. From a brief review, the judge has allowed a stay of his decision for another twenty days to allow for appeals from either side, which means the actual release may still be months ahead. I’m glad if also chastened that we will eventually get to see the reality of the consequences of the relaxation of Geneva protections – and the confusion down the ranks generated by that policy change. Most interesting is the judge’s decision to order the CIA to release documents emanating from the Justice Department on how to interpret the traditional ban on torture. Hmmm.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Our nation does not surrender to blackmail, and fear of blackmail is not a legally sufficient argument to prevent us from performing a statutory command. Indeed, the freedoms that we champion are as important to our success in Iraq and Afghanistan as the guns and missiles with which our troops are armed,” – U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein.

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