Jeff Kaye commented on the blog post FBI ‘Primer’ Instructs Interrogators to Break Detainees Through Isolation
I must retract what I said about the ACLU. Their letter to the FBI, signed by Director Laura Murphy and Legislative Counsel Devon Chaffee, goes to some length to make the connection to current DoD interrogation policy:
By recommending that FBI agents ask the U.S. military to isolate detainees in its custody, the FBI primer appears to be encouraging the application of Appendix M of the Army’s interrogation manual—a controversial, restricted appendix that allows detainee isolation only in certain circumstances not involving prisoners of war. The FBI primer states that in a Department of Defense facility “a formal request from the FBI must be made to isolate the detainee” and that this request “must be approved by the first O-6 in the chain of command.” Appendix M of the military’s interrogation manual (which requires O-7 level approval) permits the use of isolation—as well as the placement of goggles, blindfolds, and earmuffs on the detainee—to “foster a feeling of futility.” Experienced interrogators and human rights groups, however, have called for Appendix M to be revoked, questioning the technique’s effectiveness and highlighting the risk that its use will lead to serious human rights abuses.
Bravo ACLU! But boo to the rest of the press and blogosphere who continue to be silent on this all-important issue.