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The Bush administration has drafted amendments to a war crimes law that would eliminate the risk of prosecution for political appointees, CIA officers and former military personnel for humiliating or degrading war prisoners, according to U.S. officials and a copy of the amendments.

Officials say the amendments would alter a U.S. law passed in the mid-1990s that criminalized violations of the Geneva Conventions, a set of international treaties governing military conduct in wartime. The conventions generally bar the cruel, humiliating and degrading treatment of wartime prisoners without spelling out what all those terms mean.

The draft U.S. amendments to the War Crimes Act would narrow the scope of potential criminal prosecutions to 10 specific categories of illegal acts against detainees during a war, including torture, murder, rape and hostage-taking.
It's happening...
 

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Anyone for a remote desert island?
Seriously, though that IS NOT funny! I hope that it does not pass, and that the Bush administration comes under heavy scrutiny for even suggesting such a thing.
 

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Left off the list would be what the Geneva Conventions refer to as "outrages upon [the] personal dignity" of a prisoner and deliberately humiliating acts - such as the forced nakedness, use of dog leashes and wearing of women's underwear seen at the U.S.-run Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq - that fall short of torture.

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Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England, who had signed the memo, responded at the hearing that he was concerned that "degrading" and "humiliating" are relative terms. "I mean, what is degrading in one society may not be degrading in another, or may be degrading in one religion, not in another religion," England said.
: We're so screwed.
 

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Yeah I was thinking that ALLL the bad shit our armed forces have done in Iraq and Afghanastan are about to come biting us in the ass. We can't have THAT happen. So here. Let's amend a law that criminalizes the mistreatment of POW's. That'll set a nice world wide precident don't ya think?
 
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