Date registered: Sep 2004
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RE: Bush on torture: Doublespeak
The Geneva Convention recognizes the rights of insurgents in countries under foreign occupation to resist agressors and to be treated humanely when captured, however they may be prosecuted under domestic and international law as common criminals. There is no right to torture them.
http://hrw.org/campaigns/iraq/ihlfaq042904.htm#What%20law%20applies%20to%20the%2 0fighting%20between%20coalition%20forces%20and%20i nsurgents?
"Captured insurgents are not entitled to be prisoners of war (unless they are found to be members of the former Iraqi armed forces, such as was the case with Saddam Hussein). Such persons are entitled to humane treatment and other protections due under the Fourth Geneva Convention. The rights of such persons, such as not to be mistreated, are often the same as rights POWs enjoy. As noted, they may nonetheless be prosecuted for having taken up arms as well as for committing war crimes or crimes against humanity."
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address