Pentagon Suppresses Release of Book on Torture

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A former chief investigator at Guantanamo Bay is accusing the Defense Department of withholding the publication of his book, which covers the use of “enhanced interrogation” techniques at the facility, as well as the advocacy of what the author deems torture from top U.S. officials, Reuters reports.

The book, entitled “Unjustifiable Means,” according to its author Mark Fallon, contains no classified information, but instead details the internal decision-making process regarding the use of “enhanced interrogation” and identifies officials who advocated such techniques.

“This is more of an inside view of the fight to try to stop torture,” Fallon told Reuters. “There was a tremendous opposition within the government itself believing these were war crimes, and I name names.”

Fallon was told it wouldn’t take longer than six weeks for the Pentagon to review the book, with the purpose of removing any unauthorized information—that was seven months ago. In the meantime, Fallon was forced to cancel a book tour and missed his publisher’s submission deadline.

Now he has called upon the ACLU to challenge what he says is an attempt to suppress his work.

Fallon, a veteran of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), was appointed deputy commander of the Criminal Investigation Task Force in the wake of the September 11 attacks, a unit charged with bringing suspected terrorists to justice. In 2002, as described in a 2015 op-ed penned by Fallon in the Huffington Post, the NCIS vet says he became aware of “cruel treatment of detainees.”

Despite witnessing what he describes as “heroic, moral leaders” within government who resisted the brutal interrogation practices, Fallon says the torture continued nonetheless.

The Pentagon denies it is attempting to suppress the book, with chief of the Defense Office of Prepublication and Security Review, Darrell Walker, claiming the lengthy review process is a result of 10 different federal agencies having to scour the manuscript, two of which still have not completed their reviews.

“We are definitely not trying to keep him from publishing,” Walker told Reuters. “We are trying to push it out.” He added that a staff shortage has also helped to prolong the delay.

The ACLU is now taking Fallon’s case to the legislature, asking lawmakers to “expedite” the review process.

“Mr. Fallon has a First Amendment right to timely review, and the public has a First Amendment right to hear Mr. Fallon’s account,” the ACLU wrote in a letter sent to lawmakers on Wednesday. Its recipients include four Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Republican Senator John McCain and Jack Reed, the top Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

The ACLU is still waiting for a response from the lawmakers.

Fallon, now an avowed opponent of torture, serves as the committee chair for the High Value Detainee Interrogation Group Research Committee, an organization devoted to studying effective, ethical interrogation techniques. He retired from government work in 2010.

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  • RandyJ/ProudSurvivor

    What are they fretting about? Is there danger in sharing unclassified information that hasn’t been shared directly in a FOIA document? How painful it would be for the US government if that “free speech” thingy were to soil the reputation and prestige they have soiled so badly themselves for the last twenty years.

    • It might rip down the curtain that they stand behind. Send in Toto.

      • RandyJ/ProudSurvivor

        I say let’s just douse the curtain with gasoline and torch it, keep Toto safe with us and shoot anyone who tries to escape.

        • Frank Zappa left us a complete description in:
          “Trouble Every Day”

          Well I’m about to get sick
          From watchin’ my TV
          Been checkin’ out the news
          Until my eyeballs fail to see
          I mean to say that every day
          Is just another rotten mess
          And when it’s gonna change, my friend
          Is anybody’s guess

          So I’m watchin’ and I’m waitin’
          Hopin’ for the best
          Even think I’ll go to prayin’
          Every time I hear ’em sayin’
          That there’s no way to delay
          That trouble comin’ every day
          No way to delay
          That trouble comin’ every day

          Wednesday I watched the riot . . .
          Seen the cops out on the street
          Watched ’em throwin’ rocks and stuff
          And chokin’ in the heat
          Listened to reports
          About the whisky passin’ ’round
          Seen the smoke and fire
          And the market burnin’ down
          Watched while everybody
          On his street would take a turn
          To stomp and smash and bash and crash
          And slash and bust and burn

          And I’m watchin’ and I’m waitin’
          Hopin’ for the best
          Even think I’ll go to prayin’
          Every time I hear ’em sayin’
          That there’s no way to delay
          That trouble comin’ every day
          No way to delay
          That trouble comin’ every day

          Well, you can cool it,
          You can heat it . . .
          ‘Cause, baby, I don’t need it . . .
          Take your TV tube and eat it
          ‘N all that phony stuff on sports
          ‘N all the unconfirmed reports
          You know I watched that rotten box
          Until my head begin to hurt
          From checkin’ out the way
          The newsman say they get the dirt
          Before the guys on channel so-and-so

          And further they assert
          That any show they’ll interrupt
          To bring you news if it comes up
          They say that if the place blows up
          They will be the first to tell,
          Because the boys they got downtown
          Are workin’ hard and doin’ swell,
          And if anybody gets the news
          Before it hits the street,
          They say that no one blabs it faster
          Their coverage can’t be beat

          And if another woman driver
          Gets machine-gunned from her seat
          They’ll send some joker with a brownie
          And you’ll see it all complete

          So I’m watchin’ and I’m waitin’
          Hopin’ for the best
          Even think I’ll go to prayin’
          Every time I hear ’em sayin’
          That there’s no way to delay
          That trouble comin’ every day
          No way to delay
          That trouble comin’ every day

          Hey, you know something people?
          I’m not black
          But there’s a whole lots a times
          I wish I could say I’m not white

          Well, I seen the fires burnin’
          And the local people turnin’
          On the merchants and the shops
          Who used to sell their brooms and mops
          And every other household item
          Watched the mob just turn and bite ’em
          And they say it served ’em right
          Because a few of them are white,
          And it’s the same across the nation
          Black and white discrimination
          Yellin’ “You can’t understand me!”
          ‘N all that other jazz they hand me
          In the papers and TV and
          All that mass stupidity
          That seems to grow more every day
          Each time you hear some nitwit say
          He wants to go and do you in
          Because the color of your skin
          Just don’t appeal to him
          (No matter if it’s black or white)
          Because he’s out for blood tonight

          You know we got to sit around at home
          And watch this thing begin
          But I bet there won’t be many live
          To see it really end
          ‘Cause the fire in the street
          Ain’t like the fire in the heart
          And in the eyes of all these people
          Don’t you know that this could start
          On any street in any town
          In any state if any clown
          Decides that now’s the time to fight
          For some ideal he thinks is right
          And if a million more agree
          There ain’t no Great Society
          As it applies to you and me
          Our country isn’t free
          And the law refuses to see
          If all that you can ever be
          Is just a lousy janitor
          Unless your uncle owns a store
          You know that five in every four
          Just won’t amount to nothin’ more
          Gonna watch the rats go across the floor
          And make up songs about being poor

          Blow your harmonica, son!

  • TrevorD

    “He added that a staff shortage has also helped to prolong the delay.”
    Now that`s funny, must be a joke….

    • RandyJ/ProudSurvivor

      You can hear them laughing all the way from the staff lounge-the staff shortage has created quite the echo!

    • Even the government is having trouble finding people who will act unethically.

  • ZombieGirl

    Well, when the wetback Gonzalez wrote torture into our law for George W., American military were taught REAL TORTURE by our Masters, Mossad…how many moron Americans know this or even care?? 1? 2? does this make you proud to be an American? To sit back and be ruled by Israhel??

  • PJ London

    He will be OK, he did not mention either of the Clintons, not even once.