Dick Cheney and Josh Bolten where on Capitol Hill yesterday attempting some damage control when they met with members of their own party trying to get them to go along with King George’s plan to prosecute suspected terrorists (a plan that has long since been set in motion). It seems the administration is having a hard time following one article of the Geneva Convention in particular.
Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions prohibits “outrages upon personal dignity, in particular, humiliating and degrading treatment” of detainees. The Bush administration had maintained that those protections did not apply to prisoners captured in the U.S. counterterrorism campaign, but allies and human rights groups had criticized some U.S. interrogation practices, including simulated drowning.
One person that the Bush Administration might have a hard time convincing happens to be John McCain who knows a little bit about being held captive by a group that didn’t follow that article.
That “is still the area we are farthest apart on,” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told reporters.
It will be interesting to see how much torture King George and Co. will be able to get approved through Congress. To bad, as usual, they break the law first and then attempt to make it legal after the fact. No wonder members of the CIA are taking out legal insurance.