4,357. 1/15/2003

On January 15, 2003, General Counsel of the U.S. Navy Alberto “Mora delivered an unsigned draft memo [pushing for reform at Guantanamo] to [legal counsel to Secretary of Defense Jim] Haynes and said that he planned to ‘sign it out’ that afternoon–making it an official document–unless the harsh interrogation techniques were suspended. Mora’s draft memo described U.S. interrogations in Guantanamo as ‘at minimum cruel and unusual treatment, and, at worst, torture.’ By the end of the day, Haynes called Mora with good news. [Secretary of Defense Donald] Rumsfeld was suspending his authorization of the disputed interrogation techniques.”

 – Jane Mayer, The Dark Side, Page 228

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