Monday, March 21, 2005

Looking for evidence from Gitmo

Hmmm. Now here's an interesting message posted over the Coast Guard's network:
R 181953Z MAR 05 ZUI ASN-A00077000062
FM COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC//G-L//
TO ALCOAST
BT
UNCLAS //N05890//
ALCOAST 138/05
COMDTNOTE 5890
SUBJECT: COURT ORDERED PRESERVATION OF EVIDENCE RELATING TO GTMO DETAINEES
A. AL-MARRI ET AL V. BUSH, CIV NO. 04-2035 (GK) (D.D.C.3/7/05)
1. REF A ORDERED THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DEFENDANTS IN THIS CIVIL LITIGATION TO "PRESERVE AND MAINTAIN ALL EVIDENCE AND INFORMATION REGARDING THE TORTURE, MISTREATMENT, AND ABUSE OF DETAINEES NOW AT THE GUANTANAMO BAY DETENTION FACILITY."
2. ANY COAST GUARD PERSONNEL IN POSSESSION OF SUCH EVIDENCE OR INFORMATION MUST PRESERVE IT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. THIS ALCOAST SUPERSEDES ANY GUIDANCE CONTAINED IN THE INFORMATION AND LIFE CYCLE MANAGEMENT MANUAL, COMDTINST M5212.12A.
3. THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE IS NOT REQUIRING THE COAST GUARD TO COLLECT ANY SUCH EVIDENCE OR INFORMATION. IN ORDER TO PREPARE FOR ANY FUTURE TASKING, ANY UNIT WITH RESPONSIVE EVIDENCE OR INFORMATION IS REQUESTED TO CONTACT G-LCL.
4. RESPONSES OR QUESTIONS SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO CAPT BRIAN JUDGE AT (202)267-0057 OR MR. ROBERT BRUCE AT (202) 267-0052.
5. INTERNET RELEASE AUTHORIZED.
6. RELEASED BY MR. CALVIN LEDERER, JUDGE ADVOCATE GENERAL, ACTING.
BT
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I'm wondering how Coasties might have been involved. Perhaps Coasties keel-hauled detainees under the TPSB's (Transportable Port Security Boats)?

I can't really imagine any Coastie got close enough to a detainee to have pertinent evidence... but, then, one never knows, does one?

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