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Would someone ask John McCain how he feels about Donald Rumsfeld’s DoD deciding to pull information about the Geneva Conventions out of the Army Field Manual?

But the exclusion of the Geneva provisions may make it more difficult for the administration to portray such incidents as aberrations. And it undercuts contentions that U.S. forces follow the strictest, most broadly accepted standards when fighting wars.

"The rest of the world is completely convinced that we are busy torturing people," said Oona A. Hathaway, an expert in international law at Yale Law School. "Whether that is true or not, the fact we keep refusing to provide these protections in our formal directives puts a lot of fuel on the fire."

It’s not enough that there has been no oversight in the Rubber Stamp Republican Congress on the Presidential signing statements (including the one that pretty much gutted executive branch adherence to the McCain Torture Amendment), now they’ve decided that soldiers don’t need to follow Geneva prohibitions on humiliation of prisoners.


Even Tony Cordesman is giving Rummy an F these days.  Someone explain to me again why Donald Rumsfeld still has a freaking job as SecDef? 

UPDATE:  Forgot to add that at least the ABA has had the balls to step up to the plate and look into the Presidential signing statements issue.  If it weren’t for Charlie Savage at the Boston Globe, we’d have no news on this at all.  Hello, rest of the media establishment — wake up, your constitution is calling.

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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