Wednesday, November 02, 2005


Geneva Convention - Just a Scrap of Paper?

Apparently the Bush Administration has just as much trouble following international law as it does following domestic law:
The Bush administration is embroiled in a sharp internal debate over whether a new set of Defense Department standards for handling terror suspects should adopt language from the Geneva Conventions prohibiting "cruel," "humiliating" and "degrading" treatment, administration officials say.

Advocates of that approach, who include some Defense and State Department officials and senior military lawyers, contend that moving the military's detention policies closer to international law would prevent further abuses and build support overseas for the fight against Islamic extremists, officials said.

Their opponents, who include aides to Vice President Dick Cheney and some senior Pentagon officials, have argued strongly that the proposed language is vague, would tie the government's hands in combating terrorists and still would not satisfy America's critics, officials said.
(Source: New York Times Detainee Policy Sharply Divides Bush Officials, Nov 2, 2005.)
The really interesting thing here is that dissident BushCo folks are apparently leaking to the press in an attempt to rein in Dick Cheney and the cattle prod gang. Is this the first group of rats deserting the sinking BushCo ship of state?


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