[Marxism] Gen Miller, Infamous for Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib, Takes the Fifth

Brian Shannon Brian_Shannon at verizon.net
Thu Jan 12 19:42:49 MST 2006

As a civil libertarian, I of course defend the right of Miller and  
Pappas to take the Fifth or its military equivalent. However, as a  
hater of fascist officers . . .

Hearing the news, General Janis Karpinsky commented: "Revenge is  
sweet." Okay, I made that up, but I bet she "thunk it" as my dad used  
to say.

Brian Shannon

US general dodges questions in detainee abuse case
By Will Dunham

WASHINGTON, Jan 12 (Reuters) - U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller, a  
key player in the treatment of detainees in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay,  
has invoked his right not to incriminate himself in the cases of two  
soldiers charged with abusing Abu Ghraib prisoners with dogs,  
officials said on Thursday.

In addition, Army Col. Thomas Pappas, former top military  
intelligence officer at the prison on the outskirts of Baghdad, was  
granted immunity from prosecution and directed to testify in the  
upcoming courts-martial of the Army dog handlers.

Miller headed the prison camp at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo  
Bay, Cuba, helped shape detention practices at Abu Ghraib and later  
oversaw all detention operations in Iraq.

. . . Miller "stands by all of his prior responses and statements"  
but has decided "to stop answering these same questions," said Army  
Maj. Michelle Crawford, his military lawyer.

With defense lawyers preparing to question Miller, the general  
invoked his right under Article 31 of the Uniform Code of Military  
Justice barring compulsory self-incrimination. Defense lawyers are  
hoping to show that the detainee abuse at Abu Ghraib was ordered by  

Sgt. Santos Cardona and Sgt. Michael Smith are accused of using  
military dogs to harass, threaten and assault prisoners at Abu Ghraib  
from November 2003 to January 2004.

. . .
Under military law, rights enshrined in Article 31 for military  
personnel are roughly the same as those given by the U.S.  
Constitution's Fifth Amendment, which prohibits forcing a person to  
be a witness against himself.

Eugene Fidell, president of the National Institute of Military  
Justice, said he could not recall another general or admiral invoking  
Article 31 rights.

"You're not supposed to invoke it unless you are, in fact, suspected  
of an offense," Fidell said, while adding that merely invoking it  
does not prove Miller is guilty of wrongdoing.

The Pentagon in summer 2003 sent Miller, at Guantanamo at the time,  
to Iraq to improve detention operations there. Janis Karpinski, a  
former one-star Army Reserve general in charge of the prison who was  
later demoted to colonel, has accused Miller of introducing abusive  
techniques at Abu Ghraib.


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