2006/06/05

Is the Pentagon violating the law?

Back in January the hotly debated "McCain Amendment" wrote humane treatment of military detainees into the Defense Appropriations bill, and despite attempting to embarrass the Senator, Bush signed this bill in December 05. But now we learn that the Pentagon is planning to, ...omit from new detainee policies a key tenet of the Geneva Convention that bans "humiliating and degrading treatment,".

So Blognonymous asks... First: Is this a violation of the McCain Amendment's requirements. Second: Does Bush think he's going to get away with it, again, because he issued a signing statement? And third: Is this the test case that we've been waiting for?

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what do you think baout this....

who knew they would do this to themselves

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Hhana: Unfortuantely, the populace lacks a barrister with the temerity to prosecute such litigation.
Dhana:When one is an unrestrained unitary executive, one feels that one is untouchable by the laws of the land.
The decision culminates a lengthy debate within the Department of Defense, but will not become final until the Pentagon makes new guidelines public, a step that has been delayed.

Why am I not surprised?!
they don't give a fuck about the law
what do you think baout this....who knew they would do this to themselves

I think that you're an anonymous coward who believes that inserting off-topic news from Bu$hCo's propoganda arm (i.e., Faux News) is somehow going to change minds around here.

Perhaps you'd have the courage to tell us who you are?
He's the Dread Pirate Roberts...

Those signing statements--very weak.

Bush can't even keep Mary Cheney on the reservation any more. He's done.
H&D, ah I get it. What we're dealing with is the Execujudeative branch.

Sumo, I think that, as with so many things, they're trying to stall any final announcement till a time when noone's looking.

SA, "Dread Pirate Roberts" LOL! Living like a king in Patagonia, huh?
It is my contention that the Bush Administration is legalizing Abu-Ghraib. They are violating the McCain Amendment. They are also violating the UN Convention against Torture, a treaty ratified by the Senate in 1994. These little sadists are blowing laws out of the water.
Here is the text of Bush's signing statement attached to the McCain Amendment.

"The executive branch shall construe Title X in Division A of the Act, relating to detainees, in a manner consistent with the constitutional authority of the President to supervise the unitary executive branch and as Commander in Chief and consistent with the constitutional limitations on the judicial power, which will assist in achieving the shared objective of the Congress and the President, evidenced in Title X, of protecting the American people from further terrorist attacks."

In general the statement says he intends to ignore the law whenever he wishes.
It is my contention that the Bush Administration is legalizing Abu-Ghraib.

Knighterrant, it certainly looks that way doesn't it. Actually there have been a number of congressional pushes over the last 2 years that have attempted to relax the law to conform to powers that Bu$hCo has already claimed, legal or not.

Hey, and thanks for the text of that signing statement.
Is the Pentagon violating the law?

What time is it? and Is Dick Cheney anywhere near the building?
TPM, now there's a trueism: He's awake, therefore: The law is being violated.

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