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Originally posted by Traydor
there are more humane ways to get information from people
Originally posted by Skewed
reply to post by gazzachel
If I recall correctly, the Geneva Convention applies to civilians of the countries involved in a war and the military members in uniform of the countries in conflict. When you cross groups such as Al-Qaeda, they do not fight under a sovereignty of a nation, and they do not wear a uniform or necessarily claim allegiance to any country.
Originally posted by Illusionsaregrander
Which is why we created the label "al Quaeda" and "terrorists." So we can ignore that in many cases they are citizens of a nation fighting for that nation. The need for uniforms is merely a way to say that the tyrants in charge have more "right" to fight for their best interests than a people do.
In other words, it ensures that revolutionaries and the unwashed masses who may rise up are not offered the same protections a dictator/king/predisdent's paid and uniformed forces are. That requirement is merely an argreement among the powerful to recognize one anothers right to suppress their own countrymen.
Originally posted by AnteBellum
Now this is where it gets grey for me. Making a prisoner listen to objectionable music all day long or as in Saddam Hussein's case they put a tv with the South Park movie he appeared in and let this repeat for days.
Originally posted by Aggie Man However, being tortured and living to tell about it is a damn sight better than getting beheaded or other such middle eastern jihadist tactics.