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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:
Conversation — August 5, 2016, 12:08 pm
Sidney Blumenthal on the origins of the Republican Party, the fallout from Clinton’s emails, and his new biography of Abraham Lincoln
Conversation — March 30, 2016, 3:44 pm
Joseph Hickman discusses his new book, The Burn Pits, which tells the story of thousands of U.S. soldiers who, after returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, have developed rare cancers and respiratory diseases.
Years ago, I lived in Montana, a land of purple sunsets, clear streams, and snowflakes the size of silver dollars drifting through the cold air. There were no speed limits and you could legally drive drunk. My small apartment in Missoula had little privacy. In order to write, I rented an off-season fishing cabin on Rock Creek, a one-room place with a bed and a bureau. I lacked the budget for a desk. My idea was to remove a sliding door from a closet in my apartment and place it over a couple of hastily cobbled-together sawhorses.
Average number of bacteria living in a pound of U.S. mud:
Canadian doctors saved a baby from drowning in his own drool by using Botox on his salivary glands.
A black bear named Pedals, famous for walking upright on his hind legs through Rockaway Township, New Jersey, was reported killed by a hunter, and a hiker in California was attacked after he interrupted two bears mating. It was a “pretty good bear attack,” said the local police chief.
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