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June 30, 2006 | ROSA BROOKS
THE SUPREME Court on Thursday dealt the Bush administration a stinging rebuke, declaring in Hamdan vs. Rumsfeld that military commissions for trying terrorist suspects violate both U.S. military law and the Geneva Convention.
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June 29, 2010 | By Devorah Lauter, Special to The Times
Manuel Noriega, the aging former dictator of Panama, went on trial here Monday on charges of laundering money by stowing profits from drug trafficking in French bank accounts and purchasing luxurious Parisian apartments. Noriega, 76, was extradited to France two months ago from U.S. custody, where he was held for 20 years after being deposed and convicted of helping Colombian cartels ship drugs to American soil. He did not speak in his defense Monday, but called out his name and birth date in a surprisingly strong voice that contrasted with his hunched-over physical appearance.
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OPINION
June 13, 2004
Re "Lawyers Ascribed Broad Power to Bush on Torture," June 10: The nation confronts the specter of an administration that argues the president is not bound by the prohibitions of the Geneva Convention on torture while it contrives legal devices to immunize its torturers from any punishment for human rights violations. The president proclaims a right to incarcerate citizen and noncitizen alike for indefinite periods without any indictment, trial or access to counsel. Where is the outrage?
OPINION
December 16, 2009 | By Iain Scobbie
Eric Rozenman's Dec. 11 Op-Ed article , " Israeli settlements are more than legitimate ," is legal nonsense that disregards history. He is correct in his observation that Article 6 of the Mandate for Palestine permitted "close settlement by Jews on the land, including state lands and waste lands not required for public purposes," but the conclusions he then draws are flatly wrong. Rozenman fails to acknowledge that since its inception, Israel has never claimed legal title to all of the territory of the former British Mandate of Palestine.
NEWS
November 5, 1999 | JUANITA DARLING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lilian Vilma had suspected for more than a decade that what happened to members of her family was wrong, but she did not know until recently that the abuses they suffered violated an international agreement. Lilian Vilma, who asked that her last name not be used, was victimized by both sides in El Salvador's 12-year civil war.
NEWS
January 24, 1988 | BLAINE HARDEN, The Washington Post
On a bombing mission over Eritrea three years ago, Maj. Bezabih Petros was shot out of the sky. The Ethiopian pilot managed to eject from his burning aircraft and parachute to safety. Upon landing, however, the pilot discovered that he had been transformed into a non-person. The Ethiopian government, which has been fighting rebels in Eritrea for more than 26 years, never has acknowledged that the rebels exist.
OPINION
February 1, 2005 | Robert J. Delahunty and John C. Yoo, Robert J. Delahunty is a law professor at St. Thomas University Law School in Minnesota. John C. Yoo, a law professor at UC Berkeley, is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. They were attorneys in the George W. Bush administration Justice Department.
When the Senate considers Alberto R. Gonzales' nomination for attorney general this week, his critics will repeat the accusation that he opened the door to the abuse of Al Qaeda, Afghan and Iraqi prisoners. As Justice Department attorneys in January 2002, we wrote the memos advising that the Geneva Convention on prisoners of war did not apply to the war against Al Qaeda, and that the Taliban lost POW privileges by violating the laws of war.
WORLD
October 25, 2004 | Richard Simon, Times Staff Writer
A report that the CIA secretly transferred detainees out of Iraq for interrogation without notifying the Red Cross drew criticism Sunday from key members of Congress. "The thing that separates us from the enemy is our respect for human rights," Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said on ABC's "This Week." McCain was responding to a report in Sunday's Washington Post that as many as a dozen detainees had been moved out of Iraq over the last six months, a possible violation of the Geneva Convention.
WORLD
August 25, 2004 | Laura King, Times Staff Writer
In the first such recommendation by a senior Israeli official, the country's attorney general has urged that Israel consider adopting the Fourth Geneva Convention, a document that lays out the responsibilities of an occupying military power toward civilians under its control. Successive Israeli governments have refused to formally recognize the United Nations protocols as applying to the West Bank and Gaza Strip, which Israel seized from Jordan and Egypt respectively in the 1967 Middle East War.
OPINION
November 12, 2004
You criticize President Bush's attorney general nominee, Alberto Gonzales (editorial, Nov. 11), stating that he wrote a memo "arguing that suspected terrorists captured in Afghanistan were not subject to protections under the Geneva Convention." The Geneva Convention was designed to protect uniformed soldiers and civilians. Terrorists are not soldiers nor do they care about killing innocent civilians. They do not fall under the Geneva Convention's protection. Perhaps when you see terrorists at your doorstep you will have a change of opinion.
NATIONAL
February 21, 2009 | Josh Meyer
The Pentagon has concluded that the military detention center at Guantanamo Bay meets the standards for humane treatment of detainees established in the Geneva Convention accords.
OPINION
January 28, 2009
Re "Obama sets new rules in war on terror," Jan. 23 With President Obama's executive order directing the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay, many folks are wringing their hands over what to do with those prisoners refused return by their native countries. I don't know why we are forced to reinvent the wheel every time we enter a war, including the "global war on terrorism." Live up to the Geneva Convention, declare these and all future captives POWs, and build POW camps just like what was done in the United States during World War II. David A. Kaufman Chatsworth
OPINION
March 11, 2008
Re "Bush vetoes bill to ban waterboarding," March 9 Waterboarding is banned by the Geneva Convention, which was signed by the U.S., a major sponsor. The Geneva Convention has the force of law here. President Bush has now unequivocally stated that he will not be bound by that law. This is clearly illegal, and it is treason. In the past, it was said that this nation was a nation of laws, not of men. In other words, no man was above the law. Any citizen who supports the president in openly breaking this law clearly supports a dictatorship.
OPINION
March 14, 2007
Re "Gonzales urged to quit 'for the nation,' " March 12 Let's not forget that, while serving as White House counsel, Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales drafted the memo that allowed the U.S. to opt out of the Geneva Convention in fighting terrorism. It still amazes me that, even after the Abu Ghraib scandal came to light, he was nominated to be the nation's leading prosecutor. As attorney general, Gonzales has continued to blindly do the bidding of the executive branch. In the Bush White House, as in much of corporate America, you will be rewarded for your loyalty no matter how colossal your failures.
OPINION
November 6, 2006
Re "Another name for 'war,' " Opinion, Nov. 2 The military threat posed by Syria, Iran and Al Qaeda (and in the past by Iraq) is terrorism -- the belligerents exercise terrorism to wage war. This has been horrifically demonstrated in the campaign against Israel and in the present conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Terrorism in the Middle East is a form of war wrapped in an Islamic religious cloak sanctioned by the exploitation of religious extremism. How do we confront the war on terror?
OPINION
October 6, 2006
Re "What my father saw at Nuremberg," Opinion, Oct. 1 When politics bloom, rewriting history becomes fair game. However, Sen. [Christopher] Dodd extrapolates beyond reason to prove his point. "When we entered World War II, we did not fight for land or for treasure -- we fought for an idea." Noble, but not factual. Born in 1944, Dodd has an excuse for not remembering that America entered the war after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and Germany declared war. Their actions provided the cause.
NATIONAL
September 13, 2006 | Julian E. Barnes and Richard Simon, Times Staff Writers
The Bush administration's proposal for handling terrorism prisoners would undercut the Geneva Convention and weaken protections against harsh treatment of detainees ordered by the Supreme Court, congressional critics, including Republicans, said Tuesday.
OPINION
June 10, 2004
Re "Memo Gave Bush Leeway on Torture," June 8: It is perverse to engage in torture in the guise of rationality; it is cowardly to engage in torture in the guise of authority. The memoranda prepared by Justice Department and Pentagon lawyers counseling the Bush administration on avoiding the prescriptions of the Geneva Convention and the international proscription against torture is the final bit of business demonstrating the utter illegitimacy of this presidency and the degree to which it would gladly turn all of us into "good Germans."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 2006 | James Ricci, Times Staff Writer
Retired Gen. Wesley K. Clark, speaking to UCLA faculty and students Monday, said that observing the Geneva Convention is crucial to America's interests and its ability to mobilize other countries for collective efforts.
OPINION
October 2, 2006
Re "Hate the sin, not the sinner," Opinion, Sept. 29 I'm sorry, Rosa Brooks, but I do hate President Bush, precisely because I feel what he has done to this country: lied to lead us into war, disregarded the Geneva Convention, tried to turn us into mutual informants, spied on us, scared us so that we would look the other way as he eviscerated the Constitution -- these things are the measure of the man he is. Bush is an irresponsible oligarch, ill-served...
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