The LA Times is reporting that the Bush Administration is looking to shield themselves from any possible war crimes committed in the past or future by drafting amendments to the War Crimes Act that would authorize humiliating and degrading treatment of prisoners.
The White House, without elaboration, said in a statement that the bill “will apply to any conduct by any U.S. personnel, whether committed before or after the law is enacted.”
Two attorneys said the draft was in the revision stage but the administration seemed intent on pushing forward its major points in Congress after Labor Day. The two attorneys spoke on condition of anonymity because their sources did not authorize them to release the information.
The move is the administration’s latest effort to deal with treatment of those taken into custody in the war on terrorism.
At issue are interrogations carried out by the CIA, and the degree to which harsh tactics such as water-boarding were authorized by administration officials. A separate law, the Uniform Code of Military Justice, applies to the military.
Another case of the Administration breaking the law and then changing it so that they can get away with and continue to commit the offense.