July 11, 2006
Breaking: U.S. to give Gitmo detainees full Geneva Convention protections
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?
Previous recent Colossus coverage on this topic here and here.
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
Because we're not ready to take this war seriously.
The unfortunate side effect of this is going to be more of these guys being dispatched on the battlefield and never questioned. Troops are going to decide that they're not going to let the bad guys sit in Gimto with their halal food and newspapers and visits from their lawyers when their friend was just killed. Rather, we're going to see many more of them get shot "while trying to escape".
Just for shits and giggles, pretend I don't watch Bill O'Reilly, and explain to me how adhering to the Geneva Conventions (an international agreement to which our president is bound, according to the constitution) will result in the freeing of terrorists and the resultant summary execution of more people.
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