Bush Should Not ‘Reinterpret’ Geneva
Last week, both the House and Senate passed controversial legislation giving President George W. Bush new authority for detaining and interrogating suspected terrorists.
While the bill gives detainees some rights, it does not allow terrorists to file habeas corpus petitions challenging their detention. Most contentious is the hypocrisy of the bill. It outlaws torture, yet at the same time gives the executive branch the sole power to interpret the Geneva Conventions, which regulate the treatment of prisoners of war.
Article Three of the Geneva Conventions specifically states that combatants ‘shall in all circumstances be treated humanely including prohibition of outrages upon personal dignity, in particular humiliating and degrading treatment.’
This new bill gives the president the power to interpret the overly vague Article Three. Evidence gathered through tactics such as water-boarding