Senior Navy Lawyer Who Opposed Torture is UM Alum

One of the Pentagon’s top civilian lawyers repeatedly challenged the Bush administration’s policy on the coercive interrogation of terror suspects, arguing that such practices violated the law, verged on torture and could ultimately expose senior officials to prosecution, a newly disclosed document shows.

I’d just like to note that Alberto J. Mora, the subject of Monday’s NYT article, Senior Lawyer at Pentagon Broke Ranks on Detainees is an alumnus of the University of Miami School of Law.

“Even if one wanted to authorize the U.S. military to conduct coercive interrogations, as was the case in Guantánamo, how could one do so without profoundly altering its core values and character?” Mr. Mora asked the Pentagon’s chief lawyer, William J. Haynes II, according to the memorandum.

Indeed.

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