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February 20, 2006
Fighting the fight

I spend a fair amount of time dissing the Dept of Defense, so when I read a story about someone fighting to do right, it's only fair that I link to it.

One night this January, in a ceremony at the Officers’ Club at Fort Myer, in Arlington, Virginia, which sits on a hill with a commanding view across the Potomac River to the Washington Monument, Alberto J. Mora, the outgoing general counsel of the United States Navy, stood next to a podium in the club’s ballroom. A handsome gray-haired man in his mid-fifties, he listened with a mixture of embarrassment and pride as his colleagues toasted his impending departure. Amid the usual tributes were some more pointed comments.

“Never has there been a counsel with more intellectual courage or personal integrity,” David Brant, the former head of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, said. Brant added somewhat cryptically, “He surprised us into doing the right thing.” Conspicuous for his silence that night was Mora’s boss, William J. Haynes II, the general counsel of the Department of Defense.

He might not have won, but he tried to stop the torture.

Posted by AnneZook at 07:14 PM


I'd be more impressed if he weren't the outgoing counsel, or if he were about to be appointed to something even higher up... a judgeship, perhaps.

But I do agree that one of the great strengths of the military has always been and should be its sense of honor and justice.

Posted by: Ahistoricality at February 20, 2006 08:19 PM

Well, no way he'd be up for a judgeship under this Administration. Not with his disloyal attitude.

But I honor him for doing what was right.

Posted by: Anne at February 20, 2006 09:15 PM