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Qtec
07-12-2006, 03:46 AM
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July 12, 2006
White House Says Terror Detainees Hold Basic Rights
By MARK MAZZETTI and KATE ZERNIKE
WASHINGTON, July 11 — The White House conceded on Tuesday for the first time that terror suspects held by the United States had a right under international law to basic human and legal protections under the Geneva Conventions.

The statement reverses a position the White House had held since shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks, and it represents a victory for those within the administration who argued that the United States’ refusal to extend Geneva protections to Qaeda prisoners was harming the country’s standing abroad.

It said the White House would withdraw a part of an executive order issued by President Bush in 2002 saying that terror suspects were not covered by the Geneva Conventions.

The White House said the change was in keeping with the Supreme Court decision two weeks ago that struck down the military tribunals Mr. Bush established. A Defense Department memorandum made public earlier Tuesday concluded that the court decision also meant that terror suspects in military custody had legal rights under the Geneva Convention.

The new White House interpretation is likely to have sweeping implications, because it appears to apply to all Qaeda and Taliban terror suspects now in the custody of the Central Intelligence Agency or other American intelligence organizations around the world. From the outset, Mr. Bush declared that the battle against Al Qaeda would be a war like no other, but his administration has been forced to back away from its most forceful efforts to deny rights to terror suspects. [News analysis, Page A20.]

Mr. Bush’s order of Feb. 7, 2002, issued shortly after American-led forces toppled the Taliban government in Afghanistan, specifically said that critical aspects of the Geneva Conventions do “not apply to either Al Qaeda or Taliban detainees.”

In response to a question, the White House issued a statement late Tuesday, saying: “As a result of the Supreme Court decision, that portion of the order no longer applies. The Supreme Court has clarified what the law is, and the executive branch will comply.”

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Ignorance of the Law is no excuse. GW should now be put on trial for breaking US Law and International Law. He broke the rules of the Geneva Convention and he should stand trial as a war criminal, along with with the Neo-con Ratpack.

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Chopstick
07-12-2006, 06:29 AM
Hey, mass murdering psychopathic f***heads are people too. /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

Gayle in MD
07-12-2006, 07:08 AM
I say anything that prevents Bush from further destruction of our laws, and thinking that he is above them, is a good thing. Unfortunately, as I understand the law, any decision to impeach, or prosecute, would ultimately be a political decision, and then, in the case of war crimes, go to the courts. Fat chance of any accountability happening as long as the crooked republican majority can continue to block investigations of his law breaking!

Gayle in Md.