If it was just the “seven morons” …

… then why did two MI officers sign Article 31 statements (asserting the privilege against self-incrimination) when called as prosecution witnesses against of Cpl. Graner? A third witness — a civilian Titan Corp. employee — “elected not to participate in the proceedings and was excused.” The LA Times story interprets that as meaning that the civilian was excused on the basis of the Fifth Amendment privilege. (Does anyone know if that’s right? Or do civilians have some sort of generic exemption from being compelled to testify at courts-martial?)

Maybe the three — all named in the Taguba report — were merely acting out of an abundance of caution. But their refusal seems inconsistent with the theory, still being pushed hard by defenders of Rumsfeld and Bush, that this was merely a case of seven depraved MPs acting out.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

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  1. More Than Seven Morons

    Mark Kleiman says that officers pleading the fifth during court martial proceedings proves the torture wasn't just seven morons on a frolick o ftheir own. If officers are taking the fifth, then it goes higher than the boots on the ground. Then Kleiman …

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