WASHINGTON – At the request of CIA Director George Tenet, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld ordered the military to secretly hold a suspected terrorist in Iraq , a Pentagon spokesman said.
The suspected terrorist has been held since October without being given an identification number and without the International Committee of the Red Cross being notified, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said. Both conditions violate the Geneva Accords on treatment of prisoners of war.
[. . .] The Bush administration has argued that the Geneva Conventions do not apply to suspected terrorists who do not follow the conventions themselves. But Rumsfeld and other administration officials have said the Geneva Conventions applied to all U.S. military activities in Iraq since the March 2003 invasion.
LIARS! We can’t trust a word this man says. WHY IS HE STILL THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE?!
And, as a result, no American captured in a war will ever again be safe from torture or other crimes.
And, from the story, there’s this gem:
Maj. David Kolarik, a spokesman for the military’s Joint Task Force-Guantanamo, said all prisoners are treated “in accordance with the principles” of the Geneva Conventions “to the extent appropriate and consistent with military necessity.”
In other words, we follow the rules when we feel like it.