Bush orders CIA to comply with Geneva Conventions
Fri Jul 20, 2007 3:10PM EDT
By David Morgan
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President George W. Bush, under fire over the treatment of terrorism suspects, has issued new rules to ensure that detention and interrogation by the CIA comply with the Geneva Conventions’ ban on torture.
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This is somewhat bittersweet. I applaud the administration for finally recognizing that terror suspects, even actual terrorists, are entitled to human rights and dignity. It’s unfortunate that 1) they didn’t realize this from the beginning and 2) it took them so long to get there.
Surrendering our values is no way to defeat our enemies. America has the strength to take the high ground in all of these conflicts. We don’t have to meet hate with hate or destruction with destruction. I love when my country acts to stop an injustice, and, by the same token, I am deeply upset when my country commits an injustice.
I am glad that President Bush is beginning to realize this. I hope it sticks.