[Letter to William J. Haynes II, General Counsel, Department of Defense, from John C. Yoo, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Regarding the Response to the Preliminary Report of the ABA Task Force on Treatment of Enemy Combatants, February 7, 2003] [open pdf - 2MB]
"As you know, at the request of Robert Hirshon, then-President of the American Bar Association, the ABA [American Bar Association] Board of Governors last March established a Task Force on Treatment of Enemy Combatants. On August 8, 2002, that task force issued a preliminary report raising various concerns with the detention and treatment of U.S. citizens as enemy combatants. Immediately following the issuance of that report, and at your request, we provided you with informal advice on responding to the various legal arguments made by the task force, in preparation for the letter you eventually sent to current ABA President Alfred P. Carlton Jr. on October 2. We are pleased to provide you with the attached white paper which further explains our prior advice."
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