Monday, June 05, 2006

Army Will Train Soldiers To Skip Geneva Detainee Rules

for some reason, Bush and Rumsfeld still cannot put two and two together. To them, 2 + 2 still equals 3. They don't get it. They are apparently going to train American soldiers to not follow the Geneva Rules on the treatment of detainees (which America signed on to, btw). They do not seem to realize that situations like Abu Ghraib and Haditha come directly from the top changing the rules of confrontation and interrogation.

But the exclusion of the Geneva provisions may make it more difficult for the administration to portray such incidents as aberrations. And it undercuts contentions that U.S. forces follow the strictest, most broadly accepted standards when fighting wars. "The rest of the world is completely convinced that we are busy torturing people," said Oona A. Hathaway, an expert in international law at Yale Law School. "Whether that is true or not, the fact we keep refusing to provide these protections in our formal directives puts a lot of fuel on the fire."
If it quacks like a duck, it ain't a cat.


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