Jul 2006
Geneva convention

Can you say Plausible Deniability?

Mr President,
Tell your friend dummy Rummy to postpone any European trips to either old Europe or old Europe because the recent Supreme Court ruling not only stated that military tribunals were illegal, they also said the Geneva convention applies to the treatment of all prisoners no matter where you stuff them.

One would ask what does that mean for officers and others who approved the torture of prisoners? " On Sunday, Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the second-ranking GOP leader in the Senate, said the ruling means that American soldiers could potentially be accused of war crimes." McConnell may be fear-mongering; I don't know. So I looked up Article 3 of the Geneva Convention.

Article 3 of the Geneva Convention says:

1. Persons taking no active part in the hostilities, including members of armed forces who have laid down their arms and those placed hors de combat by sickness, wounds, detention, or any other cause, shall in all circumstances be treated humanely, without any adverse distinction founded on race, colour, religion or faith, sex, birth, or wealth, or any other similar criteria.
To this end, the following acts are and shall remain prohibited at any time and in any place whatsoever with respect to the above-mentioned persons:
(a) Violence to life and person, in particular murder of all kinds, mutilation, cruel treatment and torture;
(b) Taking of hostages;
(c) Outrages upon personal dignity, in particular, humiliating and degrading treatment;
(d) The passing of sentences and the carrying out of executions without previous judgment pronounced by a regularly constituted court affording all the judicial guarantees which are recognized as indispensable by civilized peoples.
2. The wounded and sick shall be collected and cared for.
An impartial humanitarian body, such as the International Committee of the Red Cross, may offer its services to the Parties to the conflict.

Rummy had to cancel a planned visit to Germany after was afraid of going to Europe before because a US human rights organization asked German authorities to prosecute him for war crimes back in January 2005.
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The Centre for Constitutional Rights said four Iraqis were allegedly tortured in US custody. A complaint was filed with German authorities against Rumsfeld; former CIA director George Tenet and eight other senior military and civilian officials over abuses at Abu Ghraib.

I am not sure if the German courts did not prosecute the case because it did not have merit or because Rumsfeld said he would not attend the Munich conference unless Germany quashed the legal action.

Either way, it’s a new ball game now that our own court system has claimed in essence that we have been violating the Geneva Convention.

Are you sure you didn't know anything about the torture and the other Geneva violations our country has violated? Did Cheney and Rummy provide you with sufficient "plausible deniability?"

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