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05/11/2004

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dave

Actually, the article was cited in TV news reports, I think I saw it on the Newshour. They quoted the "wrong morons" line too, I had a good chuckle at that one...

rick freedman

I've posted an extended commentary regarding the actual military laws and regulations that cover the treatment of detainees at my blog here:

http://worldonfire.typepad.com/world_on_fire/2004/05/what_geneva_con.html

Most commentators have been focusing on the Geneva Conventions, but there are actually DoD regulations that are more pertinent, that every enlistee or reservist is supposed to have read, and that also define the responsibility up the chain. Read 'em and weep.

paul c

One of the scariest elements are the "contractors" i.e. mercenaries, who are not subject to the rules of military conduct and who are waging so much of this war for us. A privatized army, beyond the reach of the laws of civilized conduct.! Amazing what we have come to.

Jon

Published May 17, 2004?

Robb

Notice how the GOP politicians who are going on and on about how the atrocities committed aren't so bad, are the same ones that are against protections for gays and lesbians because gay sex is an abomination?

Sex between 2 *CONSENTING* males is abhorrent, but forcing a couple of prisoners to do it is just "blowing off steam." Incredible.

Voice of the Democracys

"The six morons who lost the war".

Wow. Are they really saying that? If so, it indicates that 1) they believe the war is lost, and 2) they are almost mad. Sure, it would be understandable to pin the loss of the war on six private soliders for PROPAGANDA purposes, but if they are saying this PRIVATELY AMONG THEMSELVES, that's just crazy.

Why not just call Lynndie England et al the November Criminals and be done with it?

Bob H

I had always imagined that top Al Qaeda captives might be tortured, but the extension of such techniques to Iraq, where Geneva must apply, is really incomprehensible. Until you realize that it is the Bush re-election effort that is the driving imperative-the insurgency threatens the re-election, and all restraints have been cast aside to try to end it. Iraqis were tortured and our reputation in the world besmirched in behalf of the Bush/Cheney 2004 campaign.

David

This is horrible.
We should put all the terrorists into planes and fly them to their country - landing the plane into ground at 500 mph!

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