Geoffrey D. Miller
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Geoffrey D. Miller
Geoffrey D. Miller is a retired United States Army Major General who commanded the US detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Iraq. Detention facilities in Iraq under his command included Abu Ghraib prison, Camp Cropper and Camp Bucca. He is also famous for training soldiers in "improved interrogation techniques". Miller was born in Gallipolis, Ohio.
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A Review of "Guantanamo Diary"
Huffington Post - about 1 year
By Leila Sayed-Taha and Azadeh Shahshahani Imagine you receive a knock on the door one day as you return home from work. It's the police requesting you visit the local police station to answer some routine questions. You take your own car and leave your house for the station to find the course of your life forever altered. Suddenly you're being held in a secret security prison without any contact with the outside world, not even those you hold dear, let alone legal counsel. Soon enough you are flown off from one country to another on a world tour of torture, indefinite detention, and interrogation. Eventually you land at your final destination: a military prison. It's a torture complex that violates all forms of international law and basic human rights. For years you are held in detention and solitary confinement. You're tortured and sexually abused. You're told that you have been designated a dangerous terrorist, Enemy #1, and if you do not cooperate your entire existence will be er ...
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Tweets that Backfire: Be Careful What You Post On Twitter
Yahoo News - about 3 years
Hilary Clinton joined Twitter in June 2013 and hopefully she'll be careful about what she tweets because sometimes they can set off major headlines. On June 10, 2013, actress Katee Sackhoff tweeted about practicing gun safety to her followers. In response people on both the left- who didn't think she went far enough and on the right, who think she went too far, tweeted their displeasure. As a result, Sackhoff lost half of her 100,000 followers. But when the dust cleared, she had 120,000 followers - a gain of 20,000 new people. Politicians get into trouble too. New York Congressman Anthony Weiner almost destroyed his career two years ago when news broke that he'd tweeted illicit pictures of himself. He ended up resigning from office, but he's since launched a campaign to run for mayor of New York. And proving almost anyone can get in trouble is Psychologist Geoffrey Miller. He was unimpressed with the appearance of some of the PhD applicants he was interviewing earlier this year and twe ...
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Professor Lied About His Fat-Shaming Tweet, Gets Punished
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The University of New Mexico announced Tuesday it formally censured Geoffrey Miller, an associate professor of psychology, for lying about his fat-shaming tweet in June. Miller, a tenured faculty member at UNM, must apologize to his colleagues in the university's psychology department, the university said, and will have his work monitored by department chair Jane Ellen Smith for an unspecified amount of time. An emailed statement from UNM said Miller violated school faculty handbook policies "regarding integrity and honesty." Miller will be censured "for misrepresenting to his department chair and colleagues the motivation for a tweet he published." The Internet responded with outrage when Miller tweeted on June 2, "Dear obese PhD applicants: if you didn't have the willpower to stop eating carbs, you won't have the willpower to do a dissertation #truth." At the time, Miller was a visiting professor at New York University. Although he deleted the tweet and offered ...
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Fat-Shaming Professor Tweet Wasn't Research, University Decides
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Psychology professor Geoffrey Miller claimed his tweet mocking overweight students was research, but reviews by the two institutions where he teaches did not support his claim. The University of New Mexico, where Miller is a tenured associate professor in the psychology department, announced Monday its Institutional Review Board determined his tweet "did not rise to the level of research" as the federal government which would require university approval. UNM's determination follows a similar conclusion last week by New York University, where he's currently a visiting professor. Miller elicited outrage when he tweeted on June 2: "Dear obese PhD applicants: If you don't have the willpower to stop eating carbs, you won't have the willpower to do a dissertation. #truth." Miller apologized, and told UNM his tweet was research to test peoples' reactions. That claim prompted both UNM and NYU to launch investigations because research involving human subjects requires institu ...
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Sexual selection: ignore the blonde?
Discover Magazine - over 3 years
Sexual selection is a big deal. A few years ago Geoffrey Miller wrote The Mating Mind: How Sexual Choice Shaped the Evolution of Human Nature, which seemed to herald a renaissance of the public awareness of this evolutionary phenomenon, triggered in part by debates over Amotz Zahavi's Handicap Principle in the 1970s. Of course Charles Darwin discussed the process in the 19th century, and it has always been part of the arsenal of the evolutionary biologist (I first encountered it in Jared
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100,000 years in the future is a moot point
Discover Magazine - over 3 years
H. sapiens sailermoon? I’m somewhat interested in genetics and evolution, to engage in a bit of understatement. My friends know this, so whenever a genetics and evolution themed story or meme explodes in the media they ask me about it. A large fraction of the time I get irritated, because the media often grasps upon very sensational nuggets, distorts them out of shape, and makes genuine understanding difficult. A few weeks ago it was the story of an artist being able to reconstruct portraits from DNA, credulously reported by NPR and The Smithsonian. As someone who tries to keep up on the latest genetic research in forensic genetics I knew the media depictions of what this individual was doing were simply not realistic. Either the artist in question was a fraud, or the media was engaging in conscious or unconscious misrepresentation and conflation. If Matthew Herper’s reporting is correct, and I see no reason to doubt it, seems more likely the latter than the former. Before that ther ...
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Professor Slammed For Fat-Shaming
Huffington Post - over 3 years
No one is immune to the all-seeing eye of Twitter, not even fat-shaming NYU professors. Geoffrey Miller, a professor of evolutionary psychology at the University of New Mexico and a visiting professor at NYU Stern Business School, found this out the hard way over the weekend after sending out a controversial tweet regarding PhD applicants. The tweet, since deleted but preserved by New York Magazine, read, "Dear obese PhD applicants: If you don't have the willpower to stop eating carbs, you won't have the willpower to do a dissertation. #truth." The backlash was predictably harsh. Jay Rosen, Miller's NYU colleague, was one of several people to call Miller out on his comment, reports The Atlantic. Critics also dug up some of Miller's past opinions on Chinese eugenics, as well as a series of tweets from early May where Miller said if Americans "all ate Paleo diets and did CrossFit, mental and physical health would soar." Before making his Twitter profile private, the ...
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How Twitter Schooled an NYU Professor About Fat-Shaming
Yahoo News - over 3 years
The deleted tweet that sent NYU Professor Geoffrey Miller into virtual hiding on Sunday and through Monday read, in full, "Dear obese PhD applicants: if you didn't have the willpower to stop eating carbs, you won't have the willpower to do a dissertation. #truth." Then came the rest of Twitter. In response to one critic, who called the message "judgmental," Miller wrote that finishing a dissertation is "about willpower/conscientiousness, not just smarts. ...
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Guitarists Really Are Hot
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Have a single guy friend looking for a date? Tell him to invest in a guitar. A new study out of the Université de Bretagne-Sud in France, forthcoming in Psychology of Music, investigated whether men with guitars were more attractive to women. Researchers, led by social and cognitive psychologist Nicolas Guéguen, asked a 20 year-old man to approach 300 women in their 20s and early 30s in the public shopping district of a medium-sized French city. The subject introduced himself, complimented the woman and asked for her phone number. The subject was either empty-handed, holding a sports bag, or holding a guitar case. As it turned out, women were much more interested in going out for drinks with someone who played the guitar. When the subject was carrying the guitar case, 31 percent of the women he approached agreed to hand over their number, compared to 14 percent when he was carrying nothing and nine percent when he was carrying the sports bag. Pacific Standard mag ...
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Russia bans 18 Americans after similar US move
Fox News - almost 4 years
Russia on Saturday banned 18 Americans from entering the country in response to Washington imposing sanctions on 18 Russians for alleged human rights violations. The list released by the Foreign Ministry includes John Yoo, a former U.S. Justice Department official who wrote legal memos authorizing harsh interrogation techniques; David Addington, the chief of staff for former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney; and two former commanders of the Guantanamo Bay detention center: retired Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller and Adm. Jeffrey Harbeson. The move came a day after the U.S. announced its sanctions under the Magnitsky Law, named for Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who was arrested in 2008 for tax evasion after accusing Russian police officials of stealing $230 million in tax rebates. He died in prison the next year, allegedly after being beaten and denied medical treatment. The U.S. State Department released a statement Saturday in response to Russia's latest decision. "As we've sa ...
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Why are taller people more intelligent?
Discover Magazine - almost 4 years
Credit: Keith Ellison Update: First, people coming to this weblog for the first time should know that I moderate comments. So if you leave an obnoxious one it’s basically like an email to me (no one will see it). Second, the correlation between height and intelligence is not that high. This association is probably not going to be intuitively visible to anyone, but rather only shows up in large data sets. So please stop offering yourself as a counter-example of the trend (also, the key is to look within families, because the signal here is going to be swamped by other factors when you compare across populations). Third, a friend has sent me another paper which does confirm that even within sibling cohorts there does seem to be a correlation between height and I.Q. The problem is that it is a very small one, so you need large data sets with a lot of power to see it. End Update One moderately interesting social science finding is that there is a positive correlation between height ...
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Why a foolish instinct?
Discover Magazine - almost 4 years
I remember the specific moment when I was 13 that I became aware of the 1950s hit “Why Do Fools Fall in Love” by Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers. I’m rather sure I heard it before, but it didn’t penetrate my consciousness. But as we all know puberty changes things, and the idea of love becomes more comprehensible. As I’ve grown older I’ve also started to ponder the lyrics a bit more. Not out of any sense of sensitivity toward music criticism, but because of the evolutionary implications. Here are some relevant sections: Why do fools fall in love? Why do birds sing so gay? And lovers await the break of day Why do they fall in love? … Love is a losing game Love can a be shame I know of a fool … And lovers await the break of day? … Why does my heart skip a crazy beat? Before I know it will reach defeat!   A few quick points about these selections of the lyrics. They allude to the possibility of love among birds. This is appropriate because birds are notiona ...
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Is China Really Engineering Baby Geniuses?
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Written by Will Oremus for Slate Sexual reproduction is a genetic crapshoot. Out of hundreds of eggs and millions of sperm, one joins one to produce a baby whose natural endowments could reflect the best traits of both parents -- or the absolute worst. To procreate through intercourse is to take a wild roll of the DNA dice. And the stakes could hardly be higher. One stray allele could mean the difference between a healthy baby and one with a debilitating disorder. What if science offered a way to stack the odds in favor of a healthy, gifted child? The idea is as thrilling as it is alarming. But how realistic is it? Last week, a widely shared story in the magazine Vice suggested it’s imminent and inevitable -- just not in the hidebound United States. The article, headlined “China Is Engineering Genius Babies,” reports that our superpower frenemies in the East have hatched a grand plan to breed a crop of hyperproductive smartypants. Here’s an excerpt: “At BGI Shenzh ...
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Does Sex Sell, or Just Make Customers Impatient?
Inc. Magazine - over 4 years
Researchers delve into the finer points of advertising: Do sexy ads have the right effect on consumers? Maybe not. Everyone knows that sex sells. It's why marketers hire hot models and actors for commercials and ads. It's why conventions and product shows abound with "booth babes." The selling power of sex has fueled media buying, product design, packaging, deal making, and consumer self-image and identification with companies and products. However, explaining how this works--why a biological urge that is often the source of angst and social awkwardness can get people to buy something--is tough. And if you don't know why something works, chances are it could backfire on you one day. What the Research Says Researchers from the University of Southern California and the University of Pennsylvania think they have part of an answer. According to a research paper called "Can Victoria's Secret change the future?," sexual cues might make consumers long for smaller, immediate rewards becau ...
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Alfred W. McCoy: Impunity at Home, Rendition Abroad
The Huffington Post - over 4 years
How Two Administrations and Both Parties Made Illegality the American Way of Life Cross-posted with After a decade of fiery public debate and bare-knuckle partisan brawling, the United States has stumbled toward an ad hoc bipartisan compromise over the issue of torture that rests on two unsustainable policies: impunity at home and rendition abroad. President Obama has closed the CIA’s “black sites,” its secret prisons where American agents once dirtied their hands with waterboarding and wall slamming. But via rendition -- the sending of terrorist suspects to the prisons of countries that torture -- and related policies, his administration has outsourced human rights abuse to Afghanistan, Somalia, and elsewhere.  In this way, he has avoided the political stigma of torture, while tacitly tolerating such abuses and harvesting whatever intelligence can be gained from them. This “resolution” of the torture issue may meet the needs of this country’s deeply ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Geoffrey D. Miller
  • 2016
    Age 67
    On February 19th 2016 General Miller was summoned on March 1st in Paris, France for his hearing regarding allegation of torture by two French citizen.
    More Details Hide Details In July 2005 discrepancies emerged between Miller's May 2004 testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee, and sworn statements he made three months later. General Miller has not been charged with perjury.
  • 2015
    Age 66
    On 2 April 2015, the Court of Appeal of Paris ordered a first hearing of Miller to be conducted before a French magistrate prior to potential prosecutions.
    More Details Hide Details A subpoena will be addressed to Miller.
  • 2013
    Age 64
    On April 13, 2013, Miller was on a list released by the Russian Federation of Americans banned from entering the country because of their alleged human rights violations.
    More Details Hide Details The list was a direct response to the so-called Magnitsky list revealed by the United States the day before.
  • 2008
    Age 59
    In 2008, as a result of a joint Senate investigation by the Intelligence and Armed Services committees, it was revealed that on March 14, 2003, John Yoo of the Office of Legal Counsel, Department of Justice, issued a legal opinion to William Haynes, General Counsel of the Department of Defense, in which he concluded that federal laws related to the use of torture and other abuse would not apply to US interrogators overseas.
    More Details Hide Details This was five days before the US invasion of Iraq began on March 19, 2003. Yoo had also been involved in drafting what came to be known as the Torture Memos of August 2002, which had been issued to the CIA. In June 2004, Jack Goldsmith, then head of OLC, advised Defense and the CIA not to rely on these memos.
  • 2006
    Age 57
    Miller retired from the Army on July 31, 2006.
    More Details Hide Details The Washington Post reports that Miller had wanted to retire in February, forgoing trying for promotion to Lieutenant General, because his reputation had been damaged by alleged links between his policies at the Guantanamo Bay detainment camp and at Abu Ghraib, and the abuse of prisoners. The Washington Post reported that Congress delayed his retirement because senators were not confident he told the truth when he testified before them. The Washington Post reports that he was allowed to retire only when he promised, in writing, to appear before Congress, and testify truthfully. At his retirement service, Miller was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, and praised as an "innovator".
    In November 2006, the German government received a complaint seeking the prosecution of Alberto Gonzales, then-Attorney General and former White House Counsel, for alleged war crimes.
    More Details Hide Details Co-defendants included: Geoffrey D. Miller, Donald H. Rumsfeld, George Tenet, Stephen Cambone, Ricardo S. Sanchez, Walter Wojdakowski, Thomas M. Pappas, Barbara Fast, Marc Warren, John Yoo, William J. Haynes, II, David Addington, and Jay Bybee, top political appointees who participated in making policy about the use of enhanced interrogation techniques for CIA and DOD. On 14 November 2006, the German attorney Wolfgang Kaleck filed the complaint with the German Federal Attorney General (Generalbundesanwalt) against Miller for his complicity in torture and other crimes against humanity at Abu Ghraib in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Kaleck was acting on behalf of 11 victims of torture and other human rights abuses, as well as about 30 human rights activists and organizations who are co-plaintiffs. The co-plaintiffs to the war crimes prosecution include: 1980 Nobel Peace Prize winner Adolfo Pérez Esquivel (Argentine), 2002 Nobel Peace Prize winner Martín Almada (Paraguay), Theo van Boven, the former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, Sister Dianna Ortiz (Torture survivor, Executive Director of TASSC), the International Federation for Human Rights, the International Peace Bureau (Nobel Peace Prize winner in 1910), the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms (IALANA), European Democratic Lawyers, European Democratic Jurists, International Association of Democratic Lawyers, Comité de Acción Jurídica (CAJ) (Argentina), Liga Argentina por los Derechos del Hombre (Argentina), Bahrain Human Rights Society (BHRS), Lawyers against the War (LAW) (Canada), Colectivo de Abogados José Alvear Restrepo (Colombia), Association Africaine des Droits de l'Homme (ASADHO) (Democratic Republic of Congo), Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) (Egypt), Ligue Française des Droits de l'Homme (LDH), The Republican Attorneys' Association (RAV) (Germany), Amman Center for Human Rights Studies (ACHR) (Jordan), Comisión Mexicana de Defensa y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos (CMDPDH), Liga Mexicana por la Defensa de los Derechos Humanos (LIMEDDH), Centro Nicaragüense de Derechos Humanos (CENIDH), Palestinian Center for Human Rights, Association Tchadienne pour la Promotion et la Défense des Droits de l'Homme (ATPDH) (Chad), Rencontre Africaine pour la Défense des Droits de l'Homme (RADDHO) (Senegal), The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), National Lawyers Guild (NLG), Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International (TASSC), and Veterans for Peace.
    In May 2006 Miller testified at the courts martial of the Abu Ghraib dog handlers that his instructions on the use of dogs had been misunderstood.
    More Details Hide Details Miller testified that he instructed that dogs should be used "only for custody and control of detainees". The next day Miller's testimony was directly contradicted by Lieutenant Colonel Jerry Phillabaum, the commander of Abu Ghraib's Military Police detachment.
    He also used his right during a hearing before the US Senate in 2006.
    More Details Hide Details According to the New York Times: "He changed his position when the US Senate Armed Services Committee delayed his retirement until he was more forthcoming."
    In 2006, Miller exercised his use of the Fifth Amendment in refusing to answer certain questions while testifying in courts martial cases related to Abu Ghraib.
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  • 2004
    Age 55
    In November 2004, Miller was replaced as deputy commanding general for detainee operations by Major General William H. Brandenburg.
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  • 2003
    Age 54
    On September 22, 2003, Miller ordered the arrest of James Yee, an Army captain who served as a chaplain for the Muslim prisoners at Guantanamo.
    More Details Hide Details Miller accused Yee of stealing classified documents and smuggling them out of the prison, but those charges were later dropped. Captain Yee was honorably discharged on January 7, 2004. It is believed that no evidence of espionage was found, but records on the case have been sealed.
    In August 2003, Miller was sent to Iraq by the Department of Defense to advise on "more productive" interrogations of Iraqi prisoners.
    More Details Hide Details In September, Miller submitted a report that recommended "GTMO-ising" their approach - combining the detention and interrogation units at Abu Ghraib into the Theater Joint Interrogation and Detention Center. Specifically, Miller suggested that prison guards be used to "soften up" prisoners for interrogations. In his final report on the prison abuse at Abu Ghraib the following year, General Antonio Taguba blamed Miller's recommendations for the abuse. He said that using military police or guards for interrogation was a breach of official policy. Miller denies that he specifically ordered guards to torture prisoners to get information. After the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse story broke in April 2004, Brigadier General Janis Karpinski was suspended. Miller was appointed as the deputy commanding general for detainee operations for Multinational Forces in Iraq. In this role, Miller reported directly to Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez. Miller vowed to reduce the number of prisoners in Abu Ghraib, adhere to military laws as well as the Geneva Convention, investigate allegations of abuse, and reform the Iraqi prison system. He banned the use of hoods on prisoners during transport and set up a new system to allow prisoners to have visitors.
  • 2002
    Age 53
    On November 2002, Miller was given command of Joint Task Force Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO), which runs the US detention facilities known as Camp X-Ray, Camp Delta and Camp Echo in Cuba.
    More Details Hide Details Miller claimed that two-thirds of the 600 prisoners had confessed to being involved in terrorism and were giving "actionable intelligence." The U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld on December 2, 2002 authorized in writing the "First Special Interrogation Plan," listing 17 techniques to be used on the detainee Mohammed al Qahtani. These were developed in consultation with Miller who carried them out. It was later revealed that such techniques were used more widely against other prisoners as well. At the time, the Red Cross was denied access to detainees.
  • 1980
    Age 31
    He spent time in Germany before being moved to Korea in 1980.
    More Details Hide Details There, he rose to become assistant chief of staff for operations in Korea. Miller later returned to the United States to become the deputy chief of staff for personnel and installation management for the US Army.
  • 1972
    Age 23
    Miller joined the US Army in 1972 and was trained in field artillery and army command.
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  • 1949
    Age 0
    Born in 1949.
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