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LizW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-08-04 08:02 AM
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28. And it will come out, too
"A U.S. law enacted in 1994 bars torture by U.S. military personnel anywhere in the world. But the Pentagon group's report, prepared under the supervision of General Counsel William J. Haynes II, said that "in order to respect the President's inherent constitutional authority to manage a military campaign . . . must be construed as inapplicable to interrogations undertaken pursuant to his Commander-in-Chief authority."

The Pentagon group's report, divulged yesterday by the Wall Street Journal and obtained by The Post, said further that the 1994 law barring torture "does not apply to the conduct of U.S. personnel" at Guantanamo Bay.

It also said the anti-torture law did apply to U.S. military interrogations that occurred outside U.S. "maritime and territorial jurisdiction," such as in Iraq or Afghanistan. But it said both Congress and the Justice Department would have difficulty enforcing the law if U.S. military personnel could be shown to be acting as a result of presidential orders."

If you were a lawyer representing one of the "bad apples", wouldn't you be screaming for release of any and all directives issued by the President relating to the treatment and interrogation of prisoners in the "war on terror"?

The more information that comes out, the more horrifying this all is. If this stands, and if the government also wins the Jose Padilla case, then we officially live in a dictatorship. The Constitution is deader than a doornail.

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