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Officers Against Haynes?



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The Washington Post reports this morning that “some retired military officers” plan to oppose the confirmation of William Hanyes to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit because of his role in developing the administration’s detainee policies.

Haynes’s “unwillingness to listen to others caused him to preside over the DOD legal system during the time of its greatest debacle in memory, the abuse of detainees by military personnel around the world,” wrote John D. Hutson, a retired rear admiral who was a senior Navy lawyer. Donald J. Guter, who held the same rank, wrote that he doubted Haynes would have the independence or judgment to oppose unwise policies being pushed by his superiors.



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