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Lt. Justin Henderson, one of Matthew Diaz’s detailed counsel, writes that Diaz grew up in Indiana, not Kansas. He also notes that the focus of the prosecution’s claims about Diaz’s violation of secrecy classifications goes to “the detainees’ Source ID codes, their full Internment Serial Numbers, their GTMO IDs, their MP IDs, and their Interrogation Team codes,” all of which, it is claimed, were found in codes contained on the sheet that he transmitted and which were not disclosed when the Department of Defense finally complied with Judge Rakoff’s disclosure order. This is a fair point.
It is also fair to note that, had the Department of Defense done what it was lawfully required to do in the first place, both in treating the detainees in the way the law required, permitting access to counsel, and allowing publication of their names and countries of origin, the incident never would have occurred.
More from Scott Horton:
Six Questions — October 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
Nathaniel Raymond on CIA interrogation techniques.
I recently spent a semester teaching writing at an elite liberal-arts college. At strategic points around the campus, in shades of yellow and green, banners displayed the following pair of texts. The first was attributed to the college’s founder, which dates it to the 1920s. The second was extracted from the latest version of the institution’s mission statement:
The paramount obligation of a college is to develop in its students the ability to think clearly and independently, and the ability to live confidently, courageously, and hopefully.
Let us take a moment to compare these texts. The first thing to observe about the older one is that it is a sentence. It expresses an idea by placing concepts in relation to one another within the kind of structure that we call a syntax. It is, moreover, highly wrought: a parallel structure underscored by repetition, five adverbs balanced two against three.
Percentage of Britons who cannot name the city that provides the setting for the musical Chicago:
An Australian entrepreneur was selling oysters raised in tanks laced with Viagra.
A naked man believed to be under the influence of LSD rammed his pickup truck into two police cars.
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”