Thursday, May 22, 2008

JAs of Note News: Former Judge Advocate Took Stance on Interrogation Tactics

The Wash. Post reported today that a small group of DOJ and FBI attorneys raised "sustained objections" to "harsh interrogation tactics" against detainees held at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay. Some of you may recognize one of the names as a former Judge Advocate. Marion E. "Spike" Bowman (UPDATED: who retired as a Navy Captain) is a long time civil servant and brilliant intelligence community lawyer. I have a particular memory of Mr. Bowman because after my stint in the Navy JAG Corps, Mr. Bowman was the first person to extend a civilian job offer to me. I ultimately turned it down and found my current job, but I was flattered and will never forget Mr. Bowman's career advice. Mr. Bowman is now a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Technology and National Security Policy, National Defense University

Here is what the Post had to say:
Besides [Bruce C. Swartz, a criminal division deputy in charge of international issues], the others depicted as raising sustained objections are then-FBI assistant general counsel Marion "Spike" Bowman, who documented his concerns in written reports, and Pasquale D'Amuro, then the bureau's assistant director for counterterrorism. . . .

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Spike is a standup guy. Good lawyer too.