The Roanoke Times editorializes here:
"The policies advocated by Haynes stretched the boundaries of U.S. law and international treaties, stained this nation's human rights record and provided valuable recruiting material to terrorists around the globe. . . .
As the retired officers wrote, 'America's commitment to the Geneva Conventions is grounded not only in battlefield experience, but also in the moral principles on which this country was founded.'
Any progress made toward reclaiming those moral principles signaled by Bush's grudging acknowledgment, coerced as it was by the U.S. Supreme Court, would be erased if Haynes is confirmed to a seat on the federal bench.