Yes, it fueled a deep rift, but guess who won the argument?) (my emphasis added
In a nine-page memorandum, the two officials, Gordon R. England, the acting deputy secretary of defense, and Philip D. Zelikow, the counselor of the State Department, urged the administration to seek Congressional approval for its detention policies.
They called for a return to the minimum standards of treatment in the Geneva Conventions and for eventually closing the detention center at GuantÃ¡namo Bay, Cuba. The time had come, they said, for suspects in the 9/11 plot to be taken out of their secret prison cells and tried before military tribunals.
When the paper first circulated in the upper reaches of the administration, two of those officials said, it so angered Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld that his aides gathered up copies of the document and had at least some of them shredded.
ÂIt was not in step with the secretary of defense or the president,Â said one Defense Department official who, like many others, would discuss the internal deliberations only on condition of anonymity. ÂIt was clear that Rumsfeld was very unhappy.Â
Go read the entire article. It's clear that Rummy and Cheney are still driving the policy bus to the detriment of us all. I found this final paragraph to be the most chilling:
The element of the new legislation that raised the sharpest criticism among legal scholars and human rights advocates last week was the scaling back of the habeas corpus right of terrorism suspects to challenge their detention in the federal courts. But in dozens of high-level meetings on detention policy, officials said, that provision was scarcely even discussed.
They discarded one of our most cherished rights with scarcely any discussion at all. So much for having the "grown ups" in charge. No wonder the entire world thinks we're a bunch of torturing orcs.