Comments: I Take the Fifth

If Rumsfeld wasn't trying to cover this up, Miller would have been a retired Major the day after he invoked Article 31. He would accept being busted for the good of the Service.

You have the right, but you don't ever invoke it unless you are sure you are about to be court martialed.

Posted by Bryan at March 8, 2006 08:57 PM

I understand the concern with equating "taking the Fifth" as a refusal to admit your own guilt for something. I understand that that isn't necessarily the case.

I just don't understand what it means in this context, you know? (Not that I was really fantasizing that Rumsfeld, et. al. were enthusiastically pursuing the truth of our torture of prisoners.)

Posted by Anne at March 9, 2006 10:14 AM

If he doesn't invoke Article 31 [military version of the 5th] he has to answer all of the questions put to him, and those questions would probably involve not only orders he gave, but the orders he received.

A two-star isn't very high in the Pentagon food chain, so there were people above him giving him direction. He has to be protecting someone, and that person is supplying him cover.

In normal times he would never appear on a promotion list, because the list would be blocked by a Senator.

This is just another example of things that have never occurred before in the military.

Posted by Bryan at March 9, 2006 06:30 PM

"Never appeared before"?

That's very interesting.

Posted by Anne at March 12, 2006 11:26 AM