Boykin, Army Lt. General William G. "Jerry"

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William G. Boykin
William G. Boykin

Lieutenant-General William G. Boykin is the United States Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence. He has played a role in almost every recent major American military operation, serving in Grenada, Somalia, and Iraq. He has gained notoriety for his Christian Fundamentalism-inspired views over the last few years and some unprofessional public remarks. Boykin is a Born-again Christian, who has cast the "War on Terror" in apocalyptic terms. A Pentagon investigation concluded in 2004 that he had violated regulations by failing to explain these remarks were not made in an official capacity.



BOYKIN: I will look at you now and say, we are going to see an Islamic republic in Egypt, and it is going to be an Islamic republic where Sharia law is the law of the land. And regardless of what the leadership of our country says, and what our intelligence community says, the Muslim Brotherhood was created to establish global sharia law. And that has not changed and they tell us that, and we need to keep remembering that Anwar Sadat was killed by the Muslim Brotherhood because of his support for Israel and the Camp David accords. [Glenn Beck, 2/10/11]

What happened at Abu Ghraib

Cambone tasked his deputy, Lt. Gen. William Boykin, with traveling to Guantanamo Bay and assessing whether tactics employed there that had successfully produced “actionable intelligence” might be transferred to Iraq.

Within a few weeks, Boykin had dispatched Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller, the officer who had implemented Gonzales’ "new paradigm" interrogation rules at Guantanamo Bay, off to Baghdad to figure out how to crack captive insurgents.

“There was a realization that the U.S. needed to be much more methodical about getting at the insurgent networks in Iraq,” says William Arkin, an NBC News military analyst and intelligence specialist. “There was a well-known understanding that these thousands of Iraqis who were being detained needed to be exploited, and Boykin definitely dispatched [Maj. Gen. Geoffrey] Miller to figure that out. But you can’t draw a straight line from that to what happened at Abu Ghraib.”

The military has downplayed Boykin's role in all this, fearful that his previous 15 minutes of fame as a right-wing Christian chauvinist — he dubbed Muslims idol worshippers and bragged that his God is bigger than Islam's. His boss, Cambone, denied Boykin's role during Senate testimony last week. But officials say Boykin played a significant role. Already newspapers in the Muslim world, where he is known as "the Holy War general," are speculating about how a man nearly fired last year for his public denigration of Islam suddenly appears at the center of a scandal involving the abuse and humiliation of Muslim prisoners.

Faith Force Multiplier

Just before Boykin was put in charge of the hunt for Osama bin Laden and then inserted into Iraqi prison reform, he was a circuit rider for the religious right. He allied himself with a small group called the Faith Force Multiplier that advocates applying military principles to evangelism. Its manifesto - Warrior Message - summons "warriors in this spiritual war for souls of this nation and the world ... "

Boykin staged a travelling slide show around the country where he displayed pictures of Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein. "Satan wants to destroy this nation, he wants to destroy us as a nation, and he wants to destroy us as a Christian army," he preached. They "will only be defeated if we come against them in the name of Jesus". It was the reporting of his remarks at a revival meeting in Oregon that made them a subject of brief controversy.

There can be little doubt that he envisages the global war on terror as a crusade. With the Geneva conventions apparently suspended, international law is supplanted by biblical law. Boykin is in God's chain of command. President Bush, he told an Oregon congregation last June, is "a man who prays in the Oval Office". And the president, too, is on a divine mission. "George Bush was not elected by a majority of the voters in the US. He was appointed by God.",2763,1220781,00.html