Monday, June 16, 2008

You want to know why SCOTUS ruled the way they did?

Military police at Bagram had guidelines, Army Regulation 190-47, telling them they couldn't chain prisoners to doors or to the ceiling. They also had Army Regulation 190-8, which said humiliating detainees wasn't allowed.

But neither was applicable at Bagram, Bovarnick said.

The military-police rule book saying that enemy prisoners of war should be treated humanely didn't apply, he said, because the detainees weren't prisoners of war, according to the Bush administration's decision to withhold Geneva Conventions protections from suspected Taliban and al-Qaida detainees.

See - the problem is - we've been torturing people since this whole war on terra started. Americans are dicks - and unless some other American is there to tell the assholes to stop being a dick then they compete to see how big a dick they can be. Under normal circumstances there are more than enough reasonable people to restrain them - but the election of W was pretty much putting Biff in charge, and, well, it's all gone downhill from there.

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