All detainees under U.S. military custody at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will now be granted the privileges of the Geneva Convention, sources told CNN Tuesday.
This is the first time the detainees -- including those suspected of being members of al Qaeda -- will have the full protection of the international conventions on holding prisoners of war.
The new guidelines are to be released in a memo from the Pentagon, the sources said.
*Sigh* Can someone explain to me again why Article 4 of the Convention was even included in the whole deal, then?
UPDATE: Jeff the Baptist shares my annoyance with this development. And, unfortunately, I fear what he offers here may become the sad truth:
I predict that this is going to have the opposite effect people want. Our soldiers are, by and large, going to simply take fewer prisoners. Despite what some people may think, it is actually much easier to kill someone than to take them prisoner. We have to go out of our way to do it. But now prisoners are no longer useful intelligence sources and are often going to be set free to return to the fight against US forces. Why risk it?Posted by Hube at July 11, 2006 08:45 AM | TrackBack