Who Let the Dogs Out?

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William "Unleash the Hounds" Haynes

Nearly 20 retired admirals and generals have written an open letter to the Senate Judiciary committee demanding that Bush's latest nominee to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals be blocked. Why? Because William J. Haynes II made Ghraib mistakes as a general counsel for the president:

...in a memorandum to the Secretary of Defense dated November 27, 2002, Mr. Haynes recommended authorizing the use of dogs to exploit phobias of detainees. This practice, which clearly violated the Army Field Manual on Intelligence Interrogations, was subsequently authorized for use against detainees at Guantanamo. And now two servicemembers have been convicted of crimes under the Uniform Code of Military Justice for using dogs to frighten detainees at Abu Ghraib. This was precisely what the uniformed JAGs predicted would happen once such departures from the rules of humane treatment of prisoners were authorized. We owed our troops better guidance.