by Brendan Lalor
In case you’ve missed recent discussions about the Newsweek piece that complemented the recent important Seymour Hersh article printed here, here’s a note about it reported in a DemocracyNow! piece entitled, “Bush OK’d Relaxing Of Geneva Conventions in 2002”:
Newsweek is … reporting that President Bush had decided by January of 2002 that the Geneva Conventions would not apply to members of the Taliban or Al Qaeda. Newsweek obtained a memo to the president from White House legal counsel Alberto Gonzales that read “As you have said, the war against terrorism is a new kind of war. The nature of the new war places a -high premium on other factors, such as the ability to quickly obtain information from captured terrorists and their sponsors in order to avoid further atrocities against American civilians. In my judgment, this new paradigm renders obsolete Geneva’s strict limitations on questioning of enemy prisoners and renders quaint some of its provisions.”
The full piece is worth a read.