Rewriting The Torture Book

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Remember the McCain Amendment? It made sure that our government defined torture in an appropriate manner. It passed with overwhelming support.

Not so fast John McCain!

The Pentagon has decided to omit from new detainee policies a key tenet of the Geneva Convention that explicitly bans “humiliating and degrading treatment,” according to knowledgeable military officials, a step that would mark a further, potentially permanent, shift away from strict adherence to international human rights standards.

Oh well. It was a nice try John. Better luck next time.

UPDATE:
John Cole’s words. My thoughts.

The next time an Abu Ghraib happens (and there will be a next), there will be no wiggle room for Cheney et. al., and those who blindly support this administration are going to have to find new ways to call us all traitors or pussies because we want safeguards put in place for the humane treatment of prisoners.

Oh, they’ll find ways John. They always do and people always fall for it.

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