Saturday, May 06, 2006
Bush and Detainee Abuse
Some people may not realize it, but it seems quite obvious to me that the Bush administration wants to be able to torture terror suspects. They have attempted to do everything they can to weasel out of the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005. To me, if you don’t want a law keeping you from abusing suspects, then you must want to abuse suspects. I guess my logic may be screwed up somewhere, but I really don’t see it.

With Congress’s vote Thursday to provide a legal opinion on how they are following the ban on torturing prisoners, I guess we will actually see how this administration is taking this law, and whether or not Bush’s signing statement that he can ignore the law if he wants to, has really gone into action.

The Senate Armed Services Committee voted Thursday to require the administration to provide a legal opinion on how it is complying with — and thus interprets — a ban on cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of prisoners.

The administration has been fiercely protective of its policies governing the treatment of detainees in the war on terrorism. The Republican-run Congress approved the ban last year on prisoner mistreatment, despite months of White House opposition.

One thing struck me odd about this article:

Congressional aides say the provision also reflects a bipartisan concern that U.S. troops still don't have clear guidelines about what they can and cannot do when trying to extract information from captured enemies.

The release of an updated version of the Army Field Manual, by which service members must abide under the 2005 law, has been delayed for months.

The Pentagon and the Army have been reviewing a draft of it — including a classified annex — for more than a year.

Several senators privately cautioned the Pentagon last week that keeping parts of the manual secret could raise suspicions that the United States was violating international and U.S. laws and rules governing detainee treatment.

That has touched off a fresh debate over what parts, if any, should be kept secret.

In a time when the U.S. military is being accused of prisoner abuse and torture, I would think that they wouldn’t want to keep these aspects secret. We need to take every step possible to show the world that these allegations are not true, and that we are not a country of abuse and torture.


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