Tuesday, July 11, 2006

From CNN.com:

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration, called to account by Congress after the Supreme Court blocked military tribunals, said Tuesday that all detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and in all other U.S. military custody around the world are entitled to protections under the Geneva Conventions. [...] Snow insisted that all U.S. detainees have been treated humanely.

humane adj. 1. marked by compassion, sympathy, or consideration for humans or animals

And for a little contrast, a description of one interrogation technique employed at Guantanamo:

"The prisoner is bound to an inclined board, feet raised and head slightly below the feet. Cellophane is wrapped over the prisoner's face and water is poured over him. Unavoidably, the gag reflex kicks in and a terrifying fear of drowning leads to almost instant pleas to bring the treatment to a halt. According to the sources, CIA officers who subjected themselves to the water boarding technique lasted an average of 14 seconds before caving in. They said al Qaeda's toughest prisoner, Khalid Sheik Mohammed, won the admiration of interrogators when he was able to last over two minutes before begging to confess. 'The person believes they are being killed, and as such, it really amounts to a mock execution, which is illegal under international law,' said John Sifton of Human Rights Watch."

Wouldn't it be nice if George W. were treated humanely, too?

Back to Tony Snow, cocksucking Whitehouse shill-whore:

"We want to get it right. [...] It's not really a reversal of policy [...] The memo that went out, it doesn't indicate a shift in policy."

Yes, and we've always been at war with Eurasia. I know this part already.

Steven Bradbury, acting assistant attorney general of the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel, told the Senate hearing that the Bush administration would abide by the Supreme Court's ruling that a provision of the Geneva Conventions applies. But he acknowledged that the provision -- which requires humane treatment of captured combatants and requires trials with judicial guarantees "recognized as indispensable by civilized people" -- is ambiguous and would be hard to interpret.

You mean like the Bible?

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