February 21, 2009 |
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.
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
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.
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.
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?
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.