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Friday, July 28, 2006

Retroactive rewards


The Bush administration is afraid, they are very afraid.
An obscure law approved by a Republican-controlled Congress a decade ago has made the Bush administration nervous that officials and troops involved in handling detainee matters might be accused of committing war crimes, and prosecuted at some point in U.S. courts.

Senior officials have responded by drafting legislation that would grant U.S. personnel involved in the terrorism fight new protections against prosecution for past violations of the War Crimes Act of 1996. That law criminalizes violations of the Geneva Conventions governing conduct in war and threatens the death penalty if U.S.-held detainees die in custody from abusive treatment.
Maybe, just maybe, if the administration hadn't decided the Geneva Conventions quaint, if they hadn't decided to throw out 50 years of protections just because they couldn't be bound by law, they wouldn't be shitting in their pants right now like a prisoner stuck in Abu Ghraib with an electrode to his balls. Fuckin' incredible.

For some real analysis I send you to Balkinization.