A step in the right direction, but too little, too late to retain or regain respect. All of the obviously wrong (if questionably–oh, no, this one’s now clearly illegal) shit that’s needlessly gone on thanks to this gung-ho “bring it on” administration. What a waste of time, sympathy, respect, legitimacy…
[quote=“BBC”]All US military detainees, including those at Guantanamo Bay, are to be treated in line with the minimum standards of the Geneva Conventions.
The White House announced the shift in policy on Tuesday, almost two weeks after the US Supreme Court ruled that the conventions applied to detainees.
President Bush had long fought the idea that US detainees were prisoners of war entitled to Geneva Convention rights.
The defence department outlined the new policy to staff in an internal memo.
The new policy says all military detainees are entitled to humane treatment and to certain basic legal standards when they come to trial, as required by Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions.
The Senate Judiciary Committee began hearings on the issue on Tuesday morning, just as news of the new military policy became public.
Daniel Dell’Orto, a defence department lawyer who was the first to testify, said there were about 1,000 detainees in US military custody around the world.
Guantanamo Bay holds an estimated 450. Mr Dell’Orto did not say where the others were being held.
The new Pentagon policy applies only to detainees being held by the military, and not to those in CIA custody, such as alleged mastermind of the 11 September attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.[/quote]
I wonder if this kid is held by the military, or CIA? He’s being held for killing a medic when he was, what, 15 years old?
A new report describes Canadian teen Omar Khadr being carried into Guantanamo Bay interrogations on a stretcher, dangling from a door frame for hours and used as a human floor mop to clean his own urine.
The Center for Constitutional Rights in New York released the first major overview Monday of alleged abuses and torture at the U.S. prison camp for terror suspects, including rape, sexual harassment and vicious beatings.
Muneer Ahmad, one of Khadr’s lawyers, has already publicly outlined in some detail claims of abuse from the 19-year-old, who faces life in prison on a charge of murdering a U.S. medic in Afghanistan in July 2002.[/quote]