Wednesday, December 14, 2005

We'll Stop Calling This Crew Orwellian...

...when they stop using 1984 as an operations manual.

Via The New Pravda (linked above), we find that the Pentagon is responding to the imminent passage of the McCain Amendment by rewriting US Army Field Manual 34-52.
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, military 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.

The addendum provides dozens of examples and goes into exacting detail on what procedures may or may not be used, and in what circumstances. Army interrogators have never had a set of such specific guidelines that would help teach them how to walk right up to the line between legal and illegal interrogations.

Nota Bene: the new guidelines use the "improved" torture standards— the ones that brought the world pictures of a grinning Charles Graner giving a nitrile-gloved thumbs-up next to a "previously enjoyed" information container.

[Mad props to ThinkProgress.Com]

Update 1.0: Added a link to the specific Charles Graner photo to which I am referring.

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