Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Shorter Bush Administration: "Hey, uh, we might have some guys who, uh, accidentally, but completely without our knowledge, uh, um, broken this law? So, we, uh, want to change this law. What? What's the problem with that?"

War Crimes Act Changes Would Reduce Threat Of Prosecution
The Bush administration has drafted amendments to a war crimes law that would eliminate the risk of prosecution for political appointees, CIA officers and former military personnel for humiliating or degrading war prisoners, according to U.S. officials and a copy of the amendments.


Left off the list would be what the Geneva Conventions refer to as "outrages upon [the] personal dignity" of a prisoner and deliberately humiliating acts -- such as the forced nakedness, use of dog leashes and wearing of women's underwear seen at the U.S.-run Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq -- that fall short of torture.


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