Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Bush Rewriting Law While You Were Distracted by Lamont

At the end of July, we wrote about how the Bush Administration was worried over the potential for prosecutions under the War Crimes Act. That is understandable as the War Crimes Act imposes an entirely unreasonable standard -- it makes it a crime to torture or degrade prisoners of war, or to otherwise violate the Geneva Conventions in their treatment.

Bush has a personal stake in this as he directly ordered the torture of prisoners from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars and departures from the Geneva Convention, and endorsed Rumsfeld's earlier directive to the same effect.

Apparently, the Bush Administration has completed the drafting of its proposed amendments to the War Crimes Act. According to the Washington Post, the amendments would delete criminal liability for Bush's ordered violation of Article 3.1.c of the Geneva Convention, which prohibits "Outrages upon personal dignity, in particular, humiliating and degrading treatment".

In typical Bush procedure, the Administration has not released the text of their proposed "stay out of jail" amendments.


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