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"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free....... ~Ronald Reagan~

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Terrorist Rights of Geneva

A 2002 Justice Department memo ruled explicitly that the Geneva Conventions did not apply to members of al Qaeda or the Taliban, Common Article 3 of the 1949 Geneva Conventions, which prohibits cruel and inhumane treatment of prisoners and requires that detainees receive "all the judicial guarantees which are recognized as indispensable by civilized peoples."
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People associate the Geneva Conventions with guarantees against torture, protection for the wounded and the sick, and other "bare minimum" humanitarian standards. Common Article 3 goes considerably further, forbidding, for example, "outrages upon personal dignity, in particular, humiliating and degrading treatment."
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Because we are civilized people is it important to reverse previous decisions concerning al-Qaeda, the Taliban and their ilk according to the Supreme Court, Pentagon and White House? Who decides how Common Article 3 fits into the realm of terrorists who kill civilians and attack primarily soft targets? Is this the job of the Pentagon?
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Why the sudden leaf of faith by Pentagon officials to reverse the previous decision by the Justice Department without proper interpretation and coordination by the White House and Congress to create new laws concerning the recent Supreme Court decision on Hamdan v. Rumsfeld for military commissions? What part is the Justice Department now playing?
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It has been reported September 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was broken using the interrogation method of "waterboarding" , which has become a big part of ACLU and left-wing discussion and abhorrence.
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The Wall Street Journal points out:
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The pre-9/11 view divided the world between combatants and noncombatants, and viewed terrorism as just another crime to be dealt with through the existing criminal-justice system. We have learned the hard way that that approach doesn't work. The criminal-justice system takes too long and is complicated by the government's need to keep military secrets. Moreover, according such rights to terrorists who murder women and children gives them moral legitimacy that will make winning this war that much harder. It elevates terrorists nearly to the level of GIs who obey formal rules of engagement and who can be, and as we've seen often are, punished severely for harming innocents.
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The Supreme Court actually opened the door for Congress to set new laws on the books to deal with non-combatants, the kind term for evil terrorists, which can avoid providing Geneva Convention protection to non-military personnel bent on the destruction of free societies.
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It is the inherent right of the President to administer wartime policy as set by our founding fathers. Congress should now provide the President what is required to fulfill his obligation to protect the United States and its citizens.

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