Campaign 2010

Jun 17, 2004

Perjury

There is some recycled material here, but it is worth revisiting.

Rumsfeld, under oath before the Senate

“Any instructions that have been issued or anything that’s been authorized by the department was checked by the lawyers . . . and deemed to be consistent with the Geneva Conventions.”

Seattle Times (May 23, 2004)

“Presented last fall with a detailed catalog of abuses at Abu Ghraib prison, the U.S. military responded Dec. 24 with a confidential letter to a Red Cross official asserting that many Iraqi prisoners were not entitled to the full protections of the Geneva Conventions.”

Today

 

At the request of CIA Director George Tenet, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld ordered the military to secretly hold a suspected terrorist in Iraq , a Pentagon spokesman said.

The suspected terrorist has been held since October without being given an identification number and without the International Committee of the Red Cross being notified, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said. Both conditions violate the Geneva Accords on treatment of prisoners of war.

[...]

Maj. David Kolarik, a spokesman for the military’s Joint Task Force-Guantanamo, said all prisoners are treated “in accordance with the principles” of the Geneva Conventions “to the extent appropriate and consistent with military necessity.”

Hat tip to Dave Johnson.  He calls them “liars,” but he forgets “under oath.”

Update:  Paperwight’s Fair Shot amplifies.


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