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Old 06-05-2006, 07:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Pentagon to omit Geneva ban from new army manual

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - New policies on prisoners being drawn up by the Pentagon will reportedly omit a key tenet of the Geneva Convention that explicitly bans "humiliating and degrading treatment."

Citing unidentified but knowledgeable military officials, the Los Angeles Times said the step would mark a further, potentially permanent, shift by the US government away from strict adherence to international human rights standards.

The decision could end a lengthy debate within the Defense Department but will not become final until the Pentagon makes the new guidelines public, the report said.

The State Department fiercely opposes the military's decision to exclude Geneva Convention protections and has been pushing for the Pentagon and White House to reconsider, the paper pointed out.

The Pentagon has been redrawing its policies on detainees for more than a year.

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Re: Pentagon to omit Geneva ban from new army manual

Is this really a surprise?
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Re: Pentagon to omit Geneva ban from new army manual

While the US is a signatory to the Geneva Conventions, it reserves the right to derogate from certain sections. The particular clause at issue is a very vague and troubling one, that the US has had issues with since it was proposed.
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Re: Pentagon to omit Geneva ban from new army manual

Seems like if this is the case, then the course should be to lead talks to update and improve the Geneva convention - not just pick it apart arbitrarily.
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