Geoffrey D. Miller

United States general 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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1949

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A Review of "Guantanamo Diary"
Huffington Post - about 2 years
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 e...
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Tweets that Backfire: Be Careful What You Post On Twitter
Yahoo News - about 4 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 tw...
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Professor Lied About His Fat-Shaming Tweet, Gets Punished
Huffington Post - over 4 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 4 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 instit...
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Sexual selection: ignore the blonde?
Discover Magazine - over 4 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 4 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 the...
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Professor Slammed For Fat-Shaming
Huffington Post - over 4 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, th...
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How Twitter Schooled an NYU Professor About Fat-Shaming
Yahoo News - over 4 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 5 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 ma...
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Russia bans 18 Americans after similar US move
Fox News - almost 5 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 s...
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Why are taller people more intelligent?
Discover Magazine - almost 5 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 heigh...
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Why a foolish instinct?
Discover Magazine - almost 5 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 notion...
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Is China Really Engineering Baby Geniuses?
Huffington Post - almost 5 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 Shenz...
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Does Sex Sell, or Just Make Customers Impatient?
Inc. Magazine - over 5 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 beca...
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Alfred W. McCoy: Impunity at Home, Rendition Abroad
The Huffington Post - over 5 years
How Two Administrations and Both Parties Made Illegality the American Way of Life Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com 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 deepl...
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Timeline
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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 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.
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  • 2006
    Age 57
    Miller retired from the Army on July 31, 2006.
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    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.
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    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.
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    He also used his right during a hearing before the US Senate in 2006.
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    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.
  • 2004
    Age 55
    In November 2004, Miller was replaced as deputy commanding general for detainee operations by Major General William H. Brandenburg.
  • 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.
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    In August 2003, Miller was sent to Iraq by the Department of Defense to advise on "more productive" interrogations of Iraqi prisoners.
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  • 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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1980
    Age 31
    He spent time in Germany before being moved to Korea in 1980.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1972
    Age 23
    Miller joined the US Army in 1972 and was trained in field artillery and army command.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1949
    Age 0
    Born in 1949.
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