Friday, June 16, 2006

Oh the horror!

Pentagon details abuse of Iraq detainees

"WASHINGTON - U.S. special operations forces fed some Iraqi detainees only bread and water for up to 17 days, used unapproved interrogation practices such as sleep deprivation and loud music and stripped at least one prisoner, according to a Pentagon report on incidents dating to 2003 and 2004.

Formica found that overall conditions "did not comport with the spirit of the principles set forth in the Geneva Conventions," which require humane treatment of prisoners.

Formica said, for example, that the forces used five interrogation techniques that were allowed at one point but had been rescinded by then: sleep or food deprivation, yelling and loud music, forcing detainees to remain in stressful physical positions and changing environmental conditions — which could include making their locations too hot or too cold."

WTF is the "spirit" of the Geneva Conventions. The Geneva Conventions should not apply to nonuniformed combatants. In WWII those caught fighting without uniforms were shot. Now that would certainly solve the problem of what to do with the prisoners in Gitmo.

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