Friday, September 15, 2006

Who is Advising McCain?

Whoever it him.

In short:

1) Bush wants 'Common Article 3' of the Geneva Conventions to be "defined" (it's currently subjective language). "Outrages upon personal dignity, in particular humiliating and degrading treatment." (source)

2) McCain "defined" sections of the Geneva Convention in his Torture Bill (Detainee Treatment Act).

3) Terrorists should not be afforded Geneva protections to begin with because if we are going by the letter of the law (like McCain seems to want to) -they don't meet the requirements (Uniformed combatants fighting under the flag of a Nation).

4) McCain opposes Bush's bill that says tougher interrogation techniques can be used against high value operatives.

"His decision to take a stand on this issue is not based on a political calculation," said Eileen McMenamin, his spokeswoman. "He believes this is the right thing to do to protect American servicemen and women, and our values."

Mr McCain has received backing from Colin Powell, the secretary of state during the first four years of the Bush administration.

"The world is beginning to doubt the moral basis of our fight against terrorism. To redefine Common Article 3 [of the Geneva conventions] would add to those doubts. Furthermore, it would put our own troops at risk," Mr Powell wrote in a letter to Mr McCain released yesterday.

"We are not saying the CIA cannot carry out a programme," Mr McCain said yesterday. "We are saying it cannot amend the Geneva conventions, which calls for the kind of treatment of prisoners that fall under Common Article 3." (source)

--I don't understand why McCain constantly belittles his own (actual) torture by correlating temperature changes and loud music to the 5+ years of abuse he endured.

--I don't understand what difference not blasting the Red Hot Chili Peppers will do to help our soldiers as Colin Powell says. If our soldiers are captured they will be beheaded and mutilated. The Geneva Conventions will not be given even the slightest consideration.

--Is McCain honestly advocating our CIA agents, that are questioning murderers, be subjected to condemnation in the Hague for "war crimes" because they turned the A/C up and played loud music?!

--Is all this in case we need to go to war with Russia or China? It's hard for me to envision the next 'conventional war'. Maybe the powers that be need to get back to Geneva and devise some new rules of war that address an actual army fighting a sneaky, dishonorable enemy that doesn’t acknowledge a higher authority other than Allah.

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