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It’s all about the context


The mission has legal and political issues that may lead to interrogators being called to testify, keeping the number of documents with interrogation information to a minimum can minimise certain legal issues.

– Lt-Cmdr William Kuebler, quoting a Pentagon procedures manual for Guantanamo Bay interrogators.

I work for the government too, and one of the first lessons we learn is: if work isn’t documented, it didn’t happen. In my case, it’s meant as a threat. In this case, it sounds like a chilling promise. “Hey bro, don’t sweat it. As long as it’s not documented, it didn’t happen.”

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