Saturday, May 28, 2005

Matthew Rothschild | Stripping Rumsfeld and Bush of Impunity | July 2005 issue

Believe it or not there is a human rights net out there somewhere, and it is just beginning to tighten around the war criminals who run America.
No news as yet on progress in the pursuit of Blair.

"Bush failed to recognize that the Geneva Conventions provide universal protections. 'The Conventions and customary law still provide explicit protections to all persons held in an armed conflict,' Human Rights Watch says in its report, citing the 'fundamental guarantees' in Article 75 of Protocol I of 1977 to the Geneva Conventions. That article prohibits 'torture of all kinds, whether physical or mental,' 'corporal punishment,' and 'outrages upon personal dignity, in particular, humiliating and degrading treatment.'

In the February 7, 2002, memo, Bush tried to give himself cover by stating that 'our values as a Nation, values that we share with many nations in the world, call for us to treat detainees humanely, including those who are not entitled to such treatment.' He added that the United States, 'to the extent appropriate and "