The Rural Patriot

August 10, 2006

Let’s. Go. Retro.

Filed under: Bush Administration,Iraq War — theruralpatriot @ 12:26 pm

Now, this is interesting:

Retroactive War Crime Protection Proposed

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration drafted amendments to the War Crimes Act that would retroactively protect policymakers from possible criminal charges for authorizing any humiliating and degrading treatment of detainees, according to lawyers who have seen the proposal.
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“I think what this bill can do is in effect immunize past crimes. That’s why it’s so dangerous,” said a third attorney, Eugene Fidell, president of the National Institute of Military Justice.
(snip)
Interrogation practices “follow from policies that were formed at the highest levels of the administration,” said a fourth attorney, Scott Horton, who has followed detainee issues closely. “The administration is trying to insulate policymakers under the War Crimes Act.”

Is it possible that the “policymakers” feel that they could be charged with war crimes and that they need this retroactive protection?  I’m somewhat at a loss for words right now…

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2 Comments »

  1. Id say I’m speechless but I’m typing.
    So what your saying is we need to charge them with war crimes quickly then? This seems like they are just pointing out there own guilt to those who may not have noticed already. Thanks for this post, even if it is a bit depressing.

    Comment by Tim Coon — August 10, 2006 @ 4:15 pm | Reply

  2. Charge them quickly? I don’t know! But, it really does seem that they are in a high CYA mode here. I’m curious about how this will be handled in Congress. I’m a C-Span addict, so you know that I’ll be watching these debates!

    Comment by theruralpatriot — August 10, 2006 @ 10:02 pm | Reply


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