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Friday, January 20, 2012 Volume 13, Issue 11 Heres the BEEF! Missouri Air National Guards 139th CES joins JTF Guantanamo Commissions coverage: al-Nashiri motions continue


| NEWS FROM THE BAY THE WIRE | PAGE 3 Looking for an event for the gamer in you? Come to the Camp America Liberty Center Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. and pwn your friends in the game of your choice. Whether youre a serious gamer or a n00b, this event is for you. Select the game, establish the rules and play until a winner is crowned. There will be free snacks, prizes and giveaways. Are you looking for something new to do on base? Come to Downtown Lyceum on 28 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. for the MWR Expo. Representatives from the different MWR sections will be there to show you what exciting events and adventures they have to offer. There will be lots of prizes and free giveaways. Want to purchase some treasures and gifts made by local craftsmen? Come to Downtown Lyceum Jan. 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the Craft Fair. If you want to sell some of your hand crafted goodies, register a table by Jan. 26 by calling the Ceramics Shop at 74795 or 75351. Looking for some outdoor fun? Join Liberty MWR for a hike and cookout tomor row at 3:30 p.m. The trek starts at the SCSI building and goes to the end of the Ridgeline. The Liberty van will then drive the hikers to Windmill Beach for a free barbeque. Call 2010 to sign up as soon as possible, so enough food can be purchased to accommodate everyone. MWR will host a half marathon at Jan. 28 at 7 a.m. with musical acts and cheering sections every mile. Registration is $25 per runner and runners must register by today. There will be no same-day registration. This even is open to everyone 16 years and older. For more information, call 2157. Grab some friends and some sunscreen and get ready for the coed Blizzard Sand volleyball tournament. The action runs from Feb. 18-20. Register your team (four to six people) by Feb 14 at 7 p.m. There will be a coaches meeting Feb. 16 at 5:30 p.m. You must be at least 16 years old to join a team. For more information, call 2113. Hike and cookout Downtown Lyceum craft fair Camp America video game tournament GTMO Rock & Roll Half Marathon Sand volleyball tournament MWR ExpoWant to see Guantanamo Bay from a new perspective? Come to the Marina Jan. 28 at 8 a.m. for a mountain bike trip through some of the bases beautiful trails. No bike? No problem. Reserve a bike or register for the trip Jan. 27 by 3 p.m. by calling 2345. Come to the Marina tomorrow morning a.m. Bait, snacks and drinks will be provided. Bring a pole and bring a friend. Sign up now by calling 2010. Golf cart rentals will be half price every Tuesday in the month of January. $5 covers a rental for one person and $7.50 covers two people. Additionally, boat rentals will be half price every Wednesday this month. Prices vary based on the boat. For more information, call 2345. Tax season is here. W2s are now available via myPay. Dont wait until the last minute to Free mountain biking Half price recreation in January Did anything strange happen to you on Friday the 13th?Nothing happened, but I am superstitious. I try to avoid black cats, walking under ladders and breaking mirrors. Senior Master Sgt. Deb Rush I went fishing. I dont believe in bad luck, but I didnt catch any fish either. Sgt. 1st Class George Watkis I picked up a lot of superstitious habits. I still dont step on the foul line in baseball because someone told me it was unlucky. Tech. Sgt. Lonnie Bass Nothing really happened. I dont believe in bad luck. Logistics Spc. 2nd Class Charles Scogins BOOTS ON THE GROUNDCOMMA N D COR N ER | THE WIRE | PAGE 2 JTF GuantanamoCommander Rear Adm. David Woods Deputy Commander Brig. Gen. James Lettko Command Master Chief Cmd. Master Chief Reynaldo Tiong Office of Public Affairs Director Cmdr. Tamsen Reese: 9928 Deputy Director Air Force Maj. Michelle Coghill: 9927 Operations Officer Army Maj. Jon Powers: 3649 Senior Enlisted Leader Sgt. 1st Class Jerome Grant: 3649The WireEditor: Army 1st. Lt. Amelia Thatcher Assistant Editor: Army Sgt. Saul Rosa Photojournalists: Mass Communication Spc. 1st Class Ty Bjornson Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Kilho Park Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Louis Batchelor Army Sgt. Landis Andrews Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Jon Dasbach Mass Communication Spc. 3rd Class Marquis WhiteheadContact usEditors Desk: 3651 Commercial: 011-5399-3651 DSN: 660-3651 E-mail: amelia.c.thatcher@jtfgtmo.southcom.mil Online: www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/wire/wire.htmlThe WIRE is the official newsmagazine of Joint Task Force Guantanamo. It is produced by the JTF Public Affairs Office to inform and educate the Troopers of JTF Guantanamo through news, features, command guidance, sports and entertainment. The WIRE seeks to provide maximum disclosure with minimum delay with regard to security, accuracy, propriety and policy. This is an authorized publication for members of the Department of Defense. Contents of The WIRE are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, or Joint Task Force Guantanamo. It is printed by Defense Logistics Agency Document Services with a circulation of 1,200.Our opinions count! I am reminded of this as the nation observes our political process in action during this election year. Its remarkable: the debates within each party lead to the primaries. The parties nominees respective conventions. Then in the general election, we the people get the opportunity to decide with our vote for the leader we want to take the reigns of the presidency for the next four years. You and others before you have served and fought to preserve this right and other rights our great nation affords. I encourage you all to full participate in the process to decide our nations leadership and do not miss the opportunity to VOTE! Here at Joint Task Force Guantanamo, your opinion counts too. There are many ways to ensure your voice is your chain-of-command. We are made up of a network of leaders with series of responsibilities and authorities. As the subject matter expert at your job, your stellar performance will give you the street cred and provide weight to your opinion and suggestions. Give by fully developing and discussing your ideas on current procedures and how we can do things better. If you see a problem or something that is distracting from our mission then do not let it persist without comment and/or action. This how the JTF will improve! Other avenues are available to have your voice and ideas heard. In addition to your leaders and commanders, we have several personnel who are here to listen to you. They run the full spectrum to our JSMART professionals to the Family Service Center counselors to our are available to allow you to vet your concerns and help you formulate a path for resolution. I encourage you to seek out these professionals and full utilize the services they are trained to provide. Also, the suggestion boxes are an option to articulate the distractions which need to be removed to enable you to do your job better. This suggestion box is also a means to recognize Trooper performance which may otherwise not be brought to my attention. Many of you have utilized this tool and I welcome your comments. I personally read each one. Last Friday I sent out an All Hands email announcing OUR Command Climate Survey. Notice I emphasize that it is a survey on the climate in OUR Command. This is another method to have your voice and opinion heard. I ask that you take the half hour to thoughtfully complete the survey online between now and Jan. 27. The results will be complied and then debriefed with all senior leaders within the command. My plan is to then conduct another series of All Hands Calls later in February to discuss the results with all of you. I am, as I hope all of you, are very interested in making this the best command it can be in effectively executing our mission. I truly believe we are each Honor Bound to do so. It may still be a long way until the next national election, but the Joint Task Force still needs your opinion. Submit your vote by Jan. 27! R A. D WC, J T F G C Here at Joint Task Force Guantanamo, your opinion counts too. Give the leaders in your chain your expertise and ideas on current procedures and how we can do things better. Our Command Climate Survey is a way to have your voice and opinion heard.


| STUDE N T OF THE GAME THE WIRE | PAGE 5 Defense wins championships. That idiom will be tested this weekend as four teams battle for a chance to play in Super Bowl XLVI (thats 46 for the Roman numerally challenged). AFC title game Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots Sunday, 3 p.m. Tom Brady and the Patriots have one of the most explosive offensive attacks in the league. Hell have his work cut out for him as he tries to shred a Ravens defense that gave up 30 points once this year. New Englands 2011 schedule had one team with a strong defense and they dropped that game to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Pats make a living off of making secondaries look like Swiss cheese, but Baltimore has one of the best safeties in Ed Reed. He has eight interceptions in his last 10 playoff games and will have Brady keeping tabs on his whereabouts on every play. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco complained that his team doesnt get enough media coverage. Now hes got the spotlight and will have to prove that his career isnt going to be as stagnant as his past three years have been. Joe Cool the University of Delaware. But his recent yeaars have only been deployment hot. With Ray Lewis time in the league coming to an end, the stage is set for Flacco to step up as the next captain of this team. What better way to establish leadership than to defeat the big bad Patriots? Lewis and the pride of Ball So Hard University, Terrell Suggs, will lead the Ravens to the Super Bowl much like they did in 2001, with defense. The Patriots might show spurts of brilliance, but they will not be able to establish dominance over this battle-tested squad. NFC title game New York Giants at San Francisco 49ers Sunday, 6:30 p.m. This is bound to be a hardhitting battle that goes down to the fourth quarter. The Giants are the most complete team in the hunt, but there are questions that need to be answered on a weekly basis. Which Eli Manning is going to show up? Will it be the Easy E that got the Giants to the big dance in 2008 or the dumbfounded guy that looks like the person phoning plays into his helmet is speaking Latin? Will the running game show up? If so, will the maiin rusher be Ahmad Bradshaw or Brandon Jacobs? Will Victor Cruz or Hakeem Nicks be the go-to receiver? They never have a big game together. The one certainty in this matchup is defense. Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora and the rest of the Giants pass rush will be in 49ers quarterback Alex Smiths face like girlfriends on Sunday. The only way to keep New Yorks furious pass attack at bay is for running back Frank Gore to establish the run between the tackles and last weeks hero, tight end Vernon Davis to get involved early. Giants coach Tom Coughlin wont be able to call so many blitzes, affording Smith time to throw the ball. The 49ers will look to continue being the stingiest defense in the league. Linebacker Patrick Willis and company only allowed one rushing touchdown this regular season. The red and gold defense topped the league by only allowing 13.4 points per game. But, this defensive unit doesnt get the respect they deserve and they will be on a mission to prove it to the national audience. Unfortunately for San Fran fans, Eli Mannings experience will prevail when the going gets tough. His fourth quarter play has been better than any quarterback in history and I plan to see some more this weekend. Oh, and by the way, a sports column wouldnt be complete without Tim Tebow. Ok, Im done.By Army Sgt. Landis Andrews in MMXIISTUDENT OF THE GAME Anniversaries, birthdays, and to occur. If your partner wants to share a new experience and talk, give them the opportunity to do so. And remember, its not just you whos going through the separation. In order for a long distance relationship to work, it takes compromise and work on both ends to keep it going. in adjusting to the hardships of maintaining a long distance relationship, the staff at the Joint Stress Mitigation and Restoration Team offer comprehensive mental health services to meet the needs of any JTF personnel stationed or deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. We have recently relocated to a new building across from the Trooper Chapel and next to the new Camp America Post the clinic from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. MondayFriday, or give us a call at 2321. For emergencies, our 24-hour duty number is 3566. JSMART cont. MI N D, BODY & SPIRIT | THE WIRE | PAGE 4 Would you recognize critical information?Some things are obviously sensitive, like our social security numbers, bank account information and credit card numbers. We protect these so we dont fall victim to fraud and identity thieves. But what else is critical information? Remember COPP: Capabilities, Operations, Personnel, Personal data. We protect our facilities and operational plans, schedules and rosters, procedures, people and work related information. If youre not sure if something is sensitive, treat it like it is until you find out for sure. Dont post things online, or talk about work in non-work places. Once information has been released, you cant ever get it back. THINK OPSEC FIRST!PSEC ALERT PROTECT YOUR INFO! Mind Body & Spirit by Hospitalman 3rd Class Dominique Cannon JSMARTStarting the new year has given us a lot more than just a few extra pounds to shed on the year past, bridge broken relationships, and discover ways to mature and grow. Spending the holidays here at Joint Task Force Guantanamo undoubtedly proved back at home. Long distance relationships were once a rarity prior to the advent of the Internet technology. Those who were deployed abroad before us relied heavily on the long anticipated arrival of mail and the unreliability of a telephone. However, as technology has become more dependable, faster, and other forms of communication have emerged, long distance relationships amongst American couples have grown exponentially. A study conducted by the Center for the Study of Long Distance Relationships (CSLDR) found that 2.9% of newlywed couples spent a period of six months or longer separated by great distances. Thats nearly 3.5 million people! However, just because a larger portion of American newlyweds have endured a period of maintaining a long distance relationship does not imply that it is easy. As with any type of intimate bond, long distance relationships bring to the table their very own set of unique and complicated dynamics that can easily prove overwhelming to the unprepared. The CSLDR has found that the biggest issue facing partners attempting to sustain a long distance relationship is loneliness. Though we all have close friends and peers willing to listen to our problems, nothing truly replaces the companionship of a partner. course, communication. Although you and your partner may have done everything in your power to get in contact with one another, unforeseen circumstances can arise that prevent this. Feeling upset about being less involved in your partners daily life is turn, feeds into once distant fears that your partner may become involved in a traumatic accident, develop a serious medical condition, become unfaithful. In our absence from the lives we left behind, these speculative fears and doubts become ever more real. Whereas we are only offered a limited perspective into the events occurring back home, our what we cannot see. Needless to say, should you be prone to assume the worse, its only a matter of time before your suspicions make themselves known in your conversations with your loved ones. Long distance relationships present a whole spectrum of new hardships you and your partner must overcome. But it doesnt have to be a negative experience entirely. Using good judgment, common sense, and approaching the entire situation in a positive light can make a long distance relationship just as rewarding and provide the foundations for you and your partner to mature as a couple. attempt to normalize the situation as much as of being away and the great distances separating the two of you. Keep in mind that the world still turns and the days continue to come and go in the life you have left behind. see JSMART next page


THE WIRE | PAGE 7 | FEATURE Only at GTMO by Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Louis Batchelor THE WIRE | PAGE 6 FEATURE | The California Air National Guards 146th Civil Engineering Squadron completed its duty as Joint Task Force Guantanamos 474th Base Emergency Engineering Force upon its transfer of authority ceremony Jan. 12. The 146th arrived in Guantanamo Bay in summer together. As the 474th Expeditionary Civil Engineering Squadron, our mission for the JTF is to maintain the Expeditionary Legal Complex and Camp Justice, said Air Force Maj. Patrick Shanahan, commander of the 146th ECES. According to him, the units biggest accomplishment consisted of improvements to the Media Operations Center and Camp Justice, which were completed in time for the November al-Nashiri arraignment. The squadron received ample support from the JTF throughout their tour. There are a lot of unique challenges at Guantanamo, and those challenges are overcome when we get a lot of Shanahan. We received a lot of support from the entire JTF and that has made this a good experience for all of us. California Dreamin: outgoing BEEF says goodbye to GTMOBy Army Sgt. Saul Rosa Joint Task Force Guantanamo recently welcomed the Airmen of the Missouri Air National Guards 139th Civil Engineering Squadron. The 139th serves as JTFs new resident Base Emergency Engineer Force (BEEF) and is currently settling into their new positions. Maj. Tracy Beattie is transitioning into her role as the She said her new job here is to oversee both the units products and the leadership of her Troop ers. We have to be versatile in We are engineers building roads, basic infrastructure, while also leading. We also are in charge of prioritizing work. We perform a vetting process on all projects and work requests. Master Sgt. Randy Smith is the BEEFs facilities manager. His position is to assist Beattie as a work control supervisor, overseeing the budget and maintenance of JTF facilities. Generally, we build and control all equipment and parts nec essary for the set up and use of a base or facility, Smith said. Beattie added that BEEF teams are specialized civil engi neer units which provide a full range of engineering support required to establish, operate, and maintain garrison and contingency installations. The BEEF will support JTF by servicing, building or maintaining structures and electrical loads, said Beattie. We do have additional projects on the hori zon, but our primary responsibility here is to ensure Camp Justice is always in good working order. Think of us as a military version of a public works department for a normal city. Smith said this new iteration of BEEF isnt really new. The National Guard unit displays a multitude of skill sets, ready for use. We bring a lot of expertise in civil engineering with us. Smith said. Every one of us has a can-do attitude and are happy to join Guantanamos team.Welcome, Missouri!By Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Louis Batchelor Above: New BEEF commander Lt. Col. Grace Link accepted the 474th Expeditionary Civil Engineering Squadron guidon from outgoing commander Maj. Patrick Shanahan Jan. 12. Though the two units are from different states, while they are here the Joint Task Force Guantanamo BEEF is always known as the 474th ECES. photo by Mass Communication Spc. 1st Class Ty Bjornson Left: Staff Sgt. Anthony Anderson, 139th Civil Engineering Power Production Technician, records battery readings, including amperage, voltage and cooling temperature, from one of the BEEFs generators. photo by Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Louis Batchelor Below: The California Air National Guards 146th Civil Engineer ing Squadron (right) turned their Base Emergency Engineering Force responsbilities over to Missouris 139th CES Jan 12. photo by Mass Communication Spc. 1st Class Ty Bjornson


AT YOUR SERVI C E | THE WIRE | PAGE 8 FORT MEADE, Md. The commander of the U.S. detention facility at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, defended the new polito monitor prisoners mail during the opening day of pretrial proceedings for the alleged master mind in the USS Cole bombing. Navy Rear Adm. David Woods, commander of Joint Task Force response to a motion by the de fense at the military commission hearing for Abd al-Rahim Hussein Muhammed al Nashiri. Army Col. James Pohl ruled during proceedings at Guantanamo Bay that Woods should explain the policy he instituted last month. Woods, one of the highesttribunal, said the new policy balances his responsibilities to facilitate attorney-client communication while also ensuring security, safety, force protection and good order at the facility. Woods told Navy Lt. Cmdr. Stephen C. Reyes of the de fense team the new policy allows members of a team that reviews detainee privileges to conduct a plain-view review of written communications not marked as protected attorney-client infor mation. The review, he said, is designed to ensure this correspondence does not include physical or information contraband such as maps of the detention facility. Woods disputed the defense position that the policy violates client-attorney privilege, or that reviewers must read the material in full to make a determination. He also denied that the policy restricts access between detainees and their lawyers. authorizing guards to search the plastic bins reserved for legal paperwork and correspondence in detainee living spaces. Guards re portedly have found contraband stowed in these legal bins in the past. Woods acknowledged that the policy depends on the professionalism of the privileged review team, as well as their contractual commitments, to ensure their re view is conducted properly and ethically. He noted that reviewers, all civilian contractors, must sign a non-disclosure agreement that bars them from sharing this infor mation, particularly with prosecut ing attorneys associated with the case. The prosecution called the de fenses request for Woods to appear before the court irrelevant to the case because Nashiri hasnt been subject to mail searches. decision to call him likely was made because what happens in through a revised military commission system is likely to set the precedent for trials to follow. Army Col. John Head, deputy chief of staff for the convening authority, told reporters the de fenses request likely is intended to institute an across-the-board process that ensures all detainees receive equal treatment. Nashiri, 47, is charged with tempted murder in violation of arding a vessel. The charges arise out of an at tempted attack on the USS The Sullivans in January 2000 and an attack on the USS Cole in October 2000, during which 17 U.S. sailors were killed and 37 more wounded. Nashiri also is accused of involvement in an attack on the MV Limburg, a French civilian oil tanker, in October 2002 in which one crewmember was killed and about 90,000 barrels of oil spilled into the Gulf of Aden. If convicted, Nashiri could be sentenced to death. Nashiri did not enter a plea during his arraignment in November. Although the defendant was in the room during todays proceedings albeit it out of camera view for remote viewers for most of the hearing all the activity revolved around the prosecution and defense teams. Pohl rejected two defense motions: one to allow Nashiri to be unrestrained during his meetings with his legal counsel, and one to establish an enclave a protected network within the larger Defense Department computer network see COMMISSIONS next page HONO R BOUND Pretrial proceedings continue for al-NashiriBy Donna Miles American Forces Press Service | AT YOUR SERVI C E THE WIRE | PAGE 9 in an effort to keep DOD from monitoring the defense counsels computers and electronic communications. Pohl dismissed civilian defense counsel Richard Kammens argument that defense counsel should be able to meet with unrestrained detainees in locked-room meet ings, as representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross are able to. The current policy requires detainees to be shackled and in an unlocked room during meet ings with their attorneys, enabling guards to enter the room and for attorneys to exit quickly in the event of a disturbance, the prosecution noted. Anthony W. Mattivi, a member of the prosecution team repre senting the Justice Department, expressed concern that changing the current policy could put the guards at increased risk and said Woods should be the one to make any changes to the policy, not the court. Thats not his call, Mattivi said of Kammen. Its the commanders. Pohl agreed, ruling to keep the current policy intact. The judge, however, left the door open for a possible request by the defense for an enclave or other security remedy for its electronic communications in the future, while acknowledging that even material in enclaves is subject to monitoring. Kammen compared the encryption system the defense now uses to protect sensitive materials to putting them in a locked drawer ernment the key to the drawer and without the substance, he told the court. Lockhart argued that an enclave isnt necessary because encryption already ensures the maximum se curity possible for the documents. Pentagon computer security expert Adam Bennett, whom she called to the stand, said its virtually impossible for government mation or open documents including those used by the defense team without the password and encryption software needed to ac cess it. Both the defense and prosecution, as well as the judge, recognized that all material on DOD networks is subject to routine, noncontent-related screening to prevent viruses and cyber attacks. In other motions considered today, Pohl granted a motion supporting more public access to court proceedings. Currently the proceedings are broadcast from the court at Guantanamo Bay via closed circuit to three locations in the United States. Two of those sites are here at Fort Meade in a theater and training-room facility. Another, at Norfolk Naval Base, Va., is reserved for families of USS Cole victims as well as crew members aboard the vessel during the attack. cial transcripts of the proceedings, be referred to by both legal teams during the trial. Speaking to reporters after the hearing, Kammen said the de fense considered today on balance, a very successful day, while acknowledging that some of the motions made could ultimately delay the trial, possibly as far out as 2015. Kammen called military commissions at best, a second-class system of justice and said they are designed to be secretive and provide expedient justice at the expense of transparency and fair ness. He added that the defense team today fought for things it wouldnt have had to in federal court, and accused the government of blurring the line between mation. Army Brig. Gen. Mark Martins, Military Commissions, disputed Kammens charges, noting that the prosecution team in the commissions operates much like prosecutors in federal courts. They play no part in handling defendants corre spondence or defense attorneys emails, dont communicate with facility personnel about contacts with an accused legal materials and arent privy to those materials, he said. Martins said proceedings like todays are designed to ensure legal issues are resolved in a way consistent with the fair, transparent and accountable administration of justice under the rule of law. Despite the manpower and expense associated with the commission proceedings, Martins said the United States has a responsibility to follow them through. Not only must we continue to pursue the truth for the surviving family members of victims who have been rendered silent, but we must also pursue it because that is what justice requires, he said. A civilized and open society facing very real and modern security threats can demand no less. COMMISSIONS cont. Clockwise from bottom left: Richard Kamman, lead defense attorney for Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri; Command Master Chief (ret.) James Parlier, former command master chief of the USS Cole (DDG-67); and Brig. Gen. Mark S. Martins, chief prosecual-Nashiri is accused of plotting the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole, which killed 17 Sailors and wounded 37 others. photos by Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Kilho Park


MOVIE REVIEW | THE WIRE | PAGE 10 J. Edgar is Clint Eastwoods biopic chronicling the complex life of Hoover, believed to have been the second most powerful man in the U.S. at times during his 1924 to 1972 tenure, was well-known as being extraordinarily meticulous. He implemented many basic procedures of of forensic laboratories to aid in solving crimes. Though commonplace today, these methods were considered revolutionary in that time. It was only in Hoovers later years and after his death that he became power as FBI director with his exaggerations of events, reports and supposedly overextended the authority of the FBI for his personal gain. If that werent enough, rumors persist Hoover was a crossdresser and closeted homosexual. Director Clint Eastwood showcases the man for all his strengths and with his faults. He shows Hoover as the consummate professional capable of such brilliance, yet lacked so many social graces, especially determination to be right at almost any costs, all the way to executing the alleged Lindbergh kidnapper and murderer Bruno Hauptmann. Though many still believe there was enough circumstantial evidence to the contrary, there was no doubt in Hoovers mind Hauptmann was guilty of the Crime of the Century. In fact, Hoover is depicted in J. Edgar as being jealous of the medias attention to special agent Jack Purvis after Purvis took down the gangster John Dillinger in Chicago. Supposedly, Hoover saw to it that Purviss reward for his societal good deed was to be slowly removed from the FBI. Leonardo DiCaprio does a superb job of conveying Hoovers thoughts and emotions throughout the picture. He is a man molded by his mother (Judi Dench, Quantum of Solace) to be a problem-solver and to excel at what he does. Often, to maintain this reputation, Hoover director than his actual achievements. women, she asserts that Id rather my son be dead than have a daffodil attraction to his FBI number two man Clyde Tolson (Armie Hammer, The Social Network). The sexual tension between the two men is kept in check, despite always taking daily lunches, weekends and vacations together. Historically, Hoover and Tolson were often seen in public holding hands. DiCaprio does a nice job of showing a broken man who didnt know how to exist personally and professionally. He would never have his mothers consent, nor in the publics eye, to engage in an open relationship with Tolson. Perhaps that helped the man bury himself so much into his work. Obviously Tolson loves Hoover deeply, yet that love can never be fully reciprocated. Tolson is loyal to Hoover to his detriment. Hoovers faithful secretary Helen Gandy (Naomi Watts, Eastern Promises) stayed in his service for over 54 years. Clint Eastwood creates a stirring drama on the man the public thought Hoover was, and of the fears and anxieties of someone at odds with himself. Was he in denial? Did Hoover really experiment with crossdressing as a way to cope with a personal loss? These concepts are explored and the feelings on the screen are compellingly real. You genuinely want to see what happens to this man and see what lengths hell go for the FBI and himself. Hes a mystery man, director Eastwood said of Hoover. I still dont have all the answers on him. J. Edgar features some of the best age makeup Ive ever seen in modern cinema. Hoover and Gandys aging look absolutely authentic as who these characters are at different stages of their lives, and DiCaprio and Watts pull it off nicely. Hammer is excellent as the aging Tolson, but looks like the bedridden old man in astronaut Dave Bowmans hallucination in : A Space Odyssey (1968). Its mildly distracting, but Hammers talent is the saving grace. well. There isnt an overabundance of special effects to recreate the past. The naturalistic appearance of the clothes, sets and props are welcome and feel genuine. takes us through many decades at the different junctures of Hoovers life. He left quite a legacy, but its hard to say exactly who he really was. pieces of the puzzle known as J. Edgar Hoover together to try to make sense of the FBI icon. some way? J. Edgar tells it like it is. Movie ReviewR 137 mins.By Mass Communication Spc. 1st Class Ty Bjornson J. 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(BEEF), located at Joint Task Force Guantanamos Camp Justice. The 139th Civil Engineer Squadron (CES) transferred responsibility from the California Air National Guard Jan. 12. photo by Mass Communication Spc. 1st Class Ty Bjornson The 525th Military Police Battalion cosponsored the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial run Jan. 14. photo by Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Louis Batchelor Army National Guard director Lt. Gen. William Ingram visited Joint Task Force Guantanamo Jan 19. His stop here included a meet-and-greet with members of the Joint Detention Group. photo by Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Kilho Park