Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Dusting Off the Geneva Conventions, Finally!

It seems that check and balance system we learned about in American Government may be finally kicking in. If you'll pardon my punctuation marks, it's about $#*@ing time!

U.S. to give detainees Geneva rights

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Bush administration, called to account by Congress after the Supreme Court blocked military tribunals, said Tuesday all detainees at Guantanamo Bay and in U.S. military custody everywhere are entitled to protections under the Geneva Conventions.

White House spokesman Tony Snow said the policy, outlined in a new Defense Department memo, reflects the recent 5-3 Supreme Court decision blocking military tribunals set up by President Bush. That decision struck down the tribunals because they did not obey international law and had not been authorized by Congress.

The policy, described in a memo by Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England, appears to change the administration's earlier insistence that the detainees are not prisoners of war and thus not subject to the Geneva protections.

The memo instructs recipients to ensure that all Defense Department policies, practices and directives comply with Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions governing the humane treatment of prisoners.

"You will ensure that all DOD personnel adhere to these standards," England wrote.


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3 Comments:

Blogger crystal said...

This is a great step ... I'm almost afraid to believe it.

3:21 PM  
Blogger Ciaviel said...

I hope it's not just smoke being blown up where it's anatomically impossible. :/

4:25 PM  
Blogger Don said...

I am happy. This is a first step.

12:46 AM  

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