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Views of Bush Stance on Detainees, Torture and War

Professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and president-elect of the National Lawyers Guild, Cohn said: “Today, Bush criticized the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld because it will put a crimp in the CIA’s interrogation program. The Court declared that Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions protects all prisoners in U.S. custody. Our U.S. War Crimes Act defines violations of Common Article 3 as war crimes. Since the Bush administration has violated Common Article 3, officials could become defendants in war crimes prosecutions. Bush is trying to prevent this by asking Congress to water down our obligations under the Geneva Conventions.”
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Brecher and Smith wrote the recent article “Bush Aims to Kill War Crimes.”
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Executive director of Veterans For Peace, McPhearson was in the first Gulf War. He is participating in Camp Democracy, a grassroots gathering on the National Mall. His son just got back from Iraq, where he was deployed.
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For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167