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Did You Hear Daniel Schorr Mention BLBL Last Week?

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

In an NPR All Things Considered news analysis segment, Daniel Schorr discussed the US Senate Armed Services Committee’s (SASC) questioning of William Haynes II, former General Counsel to the Defense Department.

SASC called the hearing to investigate the “origins of aggressive interrogation techniques.” Like other commentators, Daniel Schorr expressed his dismay at Haynes’ repeated insistence that he could not recall anything about the approval process for adapting SERE training techniques for use in US interrogations of terror suspects. As reported in the Washington Post, the line of questioning went like this:

Did he ask a subordinate to get information about harsh questioning techniques?

“My memory is not perfect.”

Did he see a memo about the effects of these techniques?

“I don’t specifically remember when I saw this.”

Did he remember doing something with the information he got?

“I don’t remember doing something with this information.”

When did he discuss these methods with other Bush administration officials?

“I don’t know precisely when, and I cannot discuss it further without getting into classified information.”

Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) had had enough. “You say you don’t remember it any more clearly than what you’ve said,” he pointed out. “Therefore, going into classified session isn’t going to give us any more information than what you’ve said, which is you had conversations but your memory is bad.”

“Correct,” Haynes agreed.

Daniel Schorr countered, however, that

There is other evidence about brutal treatment of detainees.

The Physicians for Human Rights organization is out with a report that examination of 11 former detainees in US military jails reveals scars and other injuries consistent with their accounts of beatings, electric shocks and other forms of abuse.

You can listen to Daniel Schorr’s full commentary here.

Broken Laws, Broken Lives in the News

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

In addition to the news coverage already mentioned here, Broken Laws, Broken Lives has been mentioned and discussed in many other places over the last week. By no means an exhaustive list, here are some other news sites and blogs that have covered the report’s release.

News Media

  • US-Held Terror Suspects “Abused” (BBC)
  • Report Details Alleged Abuse of Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib Detainees (Online NewsHour)
  • Long-term Harm from US Torture (Washington Independent)
  • “Broken Laws, Broken Lives”: Medical Study Confirms Prisoners in US Custody Were Physically & Mentally Tortured (Democracy Now!)
  • Report: Detainees Tortured in US Custody (United Press International)
  • Doctors Examine Ex-detainees, Find Conditions Consistent with Abuse Claims (Jurist)
  • Report: Physical Proof of Detainee Abuse by US (New England Cable News Network)
  • US General Accuses Bush Administration of War Crimes (Truthout)
  • New Accusations Levelled at Pentagon Over Prisoner Abuse (Al-Jazeera)


  • A “September 10th Mindset” (War Room/
  • The Great Torture Scandal (Informed Comment)
  • The Long Legacy of Detainee Abuse (Influence/Forum One Communications)
  • Broken Laws, Broken Lives: PHR’s New Must Read Report (Invictus)
  • Broken Laws, Broken Lives (Lancet Student)
  • PHR Releases Report Documenting Medical Evidence of U.S. Torture (Connect US Community)
  • The Real Bad Apples (ACLU Blog of Rights)

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