McCain Mutiny on Bush torture

Military veteran Republicans are pissed at the president.

Senators John McCain of Arizona, John W. Warner of Virginia and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina along with Colin L. Powell, are challenging the Bush administration's attempt to, as they put it, gut the Geneva Conventions, "sending a dark signal to the rest of the world and leaving United States military without adequate protection against torture and mistreatment."

Marty Lederman breaks it down: "At Last, the Issue is Publicly Joined . . . and When All the Smoke has Cleared, the Central Question is Quite Simple"


And it is this: Should the CIA be legally authorized to breach the Geneva Conventions by engaging in the following forms of "cruel treatment" prohibited by "common" Article 3(1)(a) of those Conventions?:
  • "Cold Cell," or hypothermia, where a prisoner is left to stand naked in a cell kept near 50 degrees, during which he is doused with cold water.
  • "Long Time Standing," in which a prisoner is forced to stand, handcuffed and with his feet shackled to an eye bolt in the floor for more than 40 hours.
  • Other forms of "stress positions" and prolonged sleep deprivation, perhaps akin to "Long Time Standing."
  • Threats of violence and death of a detainee and/or his family.


What the Republican lawmakers contend is that allowing these methods to be used by the government and people of the United States opens the military and citizens of the United States to the same treatment. Real simple.

The press woke up and grilled Tony Snow. Via E&P Staff:
Q The critics of this, Republicans that you've talked about, think that you are seeking to alter Article III, because you are, in effect, lowering the standards of Article III by the elimination of this language.
MR. SNOW: No, it's a straw man...
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