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Hubert Flottz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 11:11 AM
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Rules are made to be broken! DOD vs POWs
DoD Briefing

Monday, April 7, 2003 - 10:00 a.m. EDT

Presenter: Mr. Bryan Whitman, DASD (PA)

Briefing on Geneva Convention, EPW's and War Crimes

(Also participating in this briefing was W. Hays Parks, Special Assistant to the Army JAG and Pierre-Richard Prosper, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues)


Q: On the subject of Iraqi Television, two questions. First, is the mere act of photographing a prisoner considered to be humiliating, or is there something about the way that they were photographed? And also, why did you -- several television networks around the world aired that footage. Why did you feel the need to mention Al-Jazeera also?

PARKS: Well, let me back up to the first part of that. We have no plans to send anyone to Guantanamo Bay.

But second, as a matter of policy and our interpretation of the prohibition in Article 13 on humiliating and degrading treatment, we do not allow persons to go into prisoner of war camps to take photographs of them.

The brass talked the talk but they clearly never walked the walk! There is more here on the hooding of POWs and other rules we saw violated in the photos of prisoner abuse!

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