The Geneva Convention Is So Twentieth Century
The government is moving away from the agreement; some just don't make the cut
Non-Iraqi prisoners caught by US forces in Iraq may no longer be treated under the protections of the Geneva convention, according to a report in today's New York Times.
Citing anonymous Bush administration officials, the report said that in recent months a new legal opinion has been reached that not all prisoners in Iraq should necessarily enjoy the full protections of the convention.
Human rights groups fear that elements in the US military and intelligence leadership want to detain some prisoners outside the Geneva convention so they can attempt to obtain more information with harsher interrogation techniques.
The reports follow a weekend story in the Washington Post that the CIA had secretly transferred a dozen non-Iraqi prisoners out of Iraq. It was not clear where they had been taken to, the paper said, but there was speculation they may have been transferred to allies of the US such as Egypt or Saudi Arabia.
MEANWHILE: Amnesty International is calling it like it is
The United States has manifestly failed to uphold obligations to reject torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading behavior in the "war on terror" launched after Sept. 11, 2001, Amnesty International said on Wednesday.
The human rights group condemned the U.S. administration's response to the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington as one which had resulted in its own "iconography of torture, cruelty and degradation."
"The war mentality the government has adopted has not been matched with a commitment to the laws of war and it has discarded fundamental human rights principles along the way," it said in a report.
Amnesty's report -- "Human dignity denied: Torture and accountability in the 'war on terror"' -- accused Washington of stepping onto a "well-trodden path of violating basic rights in the name of national security or 'military necessity'."