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International Law

According to Wartime Geneva Convention (which Rummy Now Claims is in effect) Abu Ghraib Abuse is a War Crime
07-May-04
International Law

First Bush said the war in Iraq was over. Now on May 7, to protect his own butt, Rummy says we are still at war and the prisoners at Abu Ghraib are protected by the Geneva Convention. He is also claiming that the abuses were aberrations perpetrated by individuals, not, as direct witnesses claim, interrogation techniques. Why is Rumsfeld trying to pin the blame on a few soldiers who all claim they were following orders? Because if it is proven the abuse was an interrogation technique, it consitutes a WAR CRIME: "No physical or mental torture, nor any other form of coercion, may be inflicted on prisoners of war to secure from them information of any kind whatever. Prisoners of war who refuse to answer may not be threatened, insulted, or exposed to any unpleasant or disadvantageous treatment of any kind." (Article 17)

Labor Secretary Chao Warns of Dangers to U.S. from NGO's
23-Jan-04
International Law

"Non-governmental organizations should 'be at the top of every conservative's watch list,' ... NGOs are increasingly active in their attempts to influence U.S. public policy, often making common cause with liberal groups in the United States."

Human Rights Watch: Answer Chemical Ali with a Fair Trial
28-Aug-03
International Law

"The capture of Ali Hassan al-Majid offers an extraordinary opportunity for Iraqis to bring some measure of justice to tens of thousands of victims of Baath Party rule. But this can only happen if he is put on trial before a tribunal that is fair, impartial and independent. And for that to happen, the United States will have to reconsider its perverse aversion to an accountability process that involves the international community. Aside from former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, no former official embodied the criminal rapacity of the Baath government more starkly than Ali Hassan al-Majid, an army general and Saddam's cousin.... Ali Hassan al-Majid issued the world a challenge in 1988. On an audiotape of a meeting of leading Iraqi officials held to discuss the Anfal campaign, he is heard shouting, 'I will kill them all with chemical weapons. Who is going to say anything?' The time has come for Iraqis and the international community together to provide the answer to his question."

 


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