Thursday, July 13, 2006

Now we see how Bush intends to handle the Supreme Court saying that he has to abide by the Geneva Conventions, and that all prisoners have rights.

He intends to ignore them, on the grounds that this one is different:

WASHINGTON -- Bush administration lawyers today rejected congressional suggestions to try alleged Al Qaeda and Taliban war criminals in the U.S. military justice system, saying military courts provide protections for defendants that are unwarranted in the war on terrorism.

In their most detailed description of administration policy since the Supreme Court struck down the Pentagon's special war crimes tribunals last month, the lawyers said their ability to introduce evidence gathered through coercion or through sensitive intelligence sources would be compromised if they were forced to use the Uniform Code of Military Justice to charge Al Qaeda defendants.

The insistence that Congress readopt the administration's old war crimes commissions is the latest sign that — despite the historic Supreme Court ruling and Tuesday's acknowledgment that the Geneva Conventions apply to all Pentagon detainees — the administration is likely to be just as aggressive in asserting its authority over detainee treatment as it has been in the past.


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