William Haynes Out as Pentagon Chief Counsel

Via McJoan at Daily Kos, I see that the Pentagon announced today that William J. Haynes, II has resigned as the chief counsel of the Department of Defense.

As we noted last week, Haynes is the guy who told Morris Davis, the former chief prosecutor at Guantanamo, that the Administration couldn't handle any acquittals in the military commission trials. Haynes was responsible for oversight of the tribunal process.

Haynes was also a Bush judicial nominee for the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. He was widely opposed, in no small part for his hand in the Bush Adminsitration's much-criticized military interrogation policies. Democrats refused to confirm him. Here's more on his failed confirmation hearing.

One more: People for the American Way: Keep Haynes Off the Federal Bench. The Pentagon announcement says he's going back to private life. That's a relief.

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    About f'g time (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by scribe on Tue Feb 26, 2008 at 02:38:20 AM EST
    I know I've been commenting here about him (in a very negative way) for at least two years now - and may have been commenting as a visitor long before that.

    He's done horrific damage to the United States in particular, and civilization in general.  IMHO, the best thing he could do in private life,  were he truly concerned about the good of the United States and her people, would be to lock himself inside a shack deep in the woods and never come out again.  But, things being the way they are, he'll probably get a gig as a DoJ monitor in addition to becoming the general counsel of some military contractor.

    Haynes and Yoo (none / 0) (#1)
    by Prabhata on Tue Feb 26, 2008 at 02:02:28 AM EST
    A partnership in the making

    This is terrific news (none / 0) (#3)
    by AF on Tue Feb 26, 2008 at 10:47:06 AM EST
    Anyone have any insight into how this happened?