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Bush Administration Plans Retroactive War Crimes Protection

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posted on Aug, 10 2006 @ 02:06 PM
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The Bush administration has quietly drafted an amendment to the War Crimes Act that would retroactively protect policymakers from criminal charges in the "war on terror". In short it would protect of officials from the repercussions of authorizing the treatment of prisoners made famous at such places as Abu Graib and gitmo.
 



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The Bush administration drafted amendments to the War Crimes Act that would retroactively protect policymakers from possible criminal charges for authorizing any humiliating and degrading treatment of detainees, according to lawyers who have seen the proposal.

The move by the administration is the latest effort to deal with treatment of those taken into custody in the war on terror.

At issue are interrogations carried out by the CIA, and the degree to which harsh tactics such as water-boarding were authorized by administration officials. A separate law, the Uniform Code of Military Justice, applies to the military.

The Washington Post first reported on the War Crimes Act amendments Wednesday.


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Does this make you mad? It infuriates me. If it doesn't perhaps you should have your moral vision checked to see if it needs glasses or something. What is at issue isn't even so much how we have treated prisoners rounded up in the war on terror... it is the audacity to try and write self-protection into the laws for any crimes that not only they might commit, but might have committed.
If anything calls into question on whether this administration thins its actions have been legal, it is this. If they were positive that everything they have done has been legal and above board, why this? And specifically, why make it retroactive.
Once again the Bush administration tries to position itself above the law.

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posted on Aug, 11 2006 @ 04:50 PM
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Well, what do you expect from the mind of a man who said a dictatorship is good, as long as he was the dictator?

This legilsation does make me mad, but I honestly expect nothing less of this criminal organization called the Bush Administration.

What he really needs to be tried for first is crimes against the constitution, Geneva conventions, and the true American way.



posted on Aug, 11 2006 @ 05:02 PM
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You are upset about the way we handle interrogations with terrorists? Hmm...something doesn't seem right there.



posted on Aug, 11 2006 @ 07:23 PM
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Originally posted by laiguana
You are upset about the way we handle interrogations with terrorists? Hmm...something doesn't seem right there.


Indeed something doesn't seem right here.

For starters, the use of torture in interrogations. It is very un-American and is the sort of thing we would expect from those "filthy Muslim terrorists". Behaving like the enemy makes us as low.



posted on Aug, 11 2006 @ 07:42 PM
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I've gotta agree, this is pretty transparent. If they want to make the case that is was necessary, fine, but they can't avoid prosecution because of that.




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