USA Drops Out Of Geneva Convention
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld recently complained that the Iraqis
were violating the Geneva Convention when they showed captured U.S.
servicemen on Iraqi TV. The worldwide western media immediately
took up the complaint, airing his statement repeatedly and globally.
They never saw the irony that as soon as that sound-bite was over,
next on their news tapes were often segments showing Iraqi POWs
surrendering to Coalition forces, regardless of how the POWs’ families
in Baghdad would suffer at the hands of the Republican Guard if
Iraqi-POW faces were recognized on CNN.
western media refuse to expose US hypocrisy. Apparently they are
so overwhelmed with gratitude for their privilege of traveling with
Coalition units on the battlefield that they have become nothing
more than lap-dogs.
Iraqis are not covered by the Geneva Convention if the US decides
that they are not. And the media doesn’t dare go against them
not if it wants to keep filming in Iraq.
the US hasn’t yet succeeded in stopping ‘unpatriotic’ articles on
the Internet, so you can read the truth here.
Rumsfeld, Bush and Blair are so adamant about the Geneva Convention
not being violated by the Iraqis, they had better hope that they
are not held to the same standard. Those that sent President Slobodan
Milosevic to the World Court for war crimes could soon find themselves
there as defendants.
US government has sent over 600 men from Afghanistan to its military
base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in total defiance of the Geneva Convention.
The conduct of the US is so outrageous that at least ten articles
are being violated.
are some of the Articles of the (Fourth) Geneva Convention that
the US government is ignoring:
persons are entitled, in all circumstances, to respect for their
persons, their honour, their family rights, their religious convictions
and practices, and their manners and customs. They shall at all
times be humanely treated, and shall be protected especially against
all acts of violence or threats thereof and against insults and
US government broke this resoundingly by parading the Guantanamo
Bay prisoners before Western television cameras, just as the Iraqis
have done on their television.
physical or moral coercion shall be exercised against protected
persons, in particular to obtain information from them or from third
prohibition applies not only to murder, torture, corporal punishments,
mutilation and medical or scientific experiments not necessitated
by the medical treatment of a protected person, but also to any
other measures of brutality whether applied by civilian or military
POWs were repeatedly shown to be forced to kneel for long times
in chains on the ground, handcuffed behind their backs, suffering
sensory deprivation by being forced to wear earphones and black
goggles so they could neither see nor hear. The U.S. explained that
this was a valuable interrogation method. We treat our food-animals
better than that. A chicken has more rights than a POW held by the
persons shall not be transferred to a Power which is not a party
to the Convention.
persons may be transferred by the Detaining Power only to a Power
which is a party to the present Convention.
or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected
persons from occupied territory to the territory of the Occupying
Power or to that of any other country, occupied or not, are prohibited,
regardless of their motive.
U.S. has forcefully transferred its Afghan POWs to Guantanamo Bay,
Cuba, which is not a party to the Convention, yet paradoxically
claims that they have no rights under the Convention because they
are not on Convention members’ soil. Such hypocrisy is beyond even
the Nazis and Stalinists of WWII.
shall be installed in every place of internment, except where other
suitable facilities are available. Their purpose shall be to enable
internees to make purchases, at prices not higher than local market
prices, of foodstuffs and articles of everyday use, including soap
and tobacco, such as would increase their personal well-being and
US government has decided such a facility cannot fit inside the
chain-link dog pens prisoners are forced to occupy.
shall be permitted to retain articles of personal use. Monies, cheques,
bonds, etc., and valuables in their possession may not be taken
from them except in accordance with established procedure. Detailed
receipts shall be given therefor.
the "Taliban" POWs have been stripped of all their clothes,
papers and possession, even photos of their parents.
shall not in any case be transferred to penitentiary establishments
(prisons, penitentiaries, convict prisons, etc.) to undergo disciplinary
POWs there have been punished by extreme sensory deprivation and
long hours of interrogation and separation from their families and
each other. The worst punishment of all is the US government denying
that they are even covered under the Geneva Convention and thus
have no rights whatsoever.
the US government will invent a new term to call its citizens who
are dissenters so as to deny them their Constitutional rights and
likewise lock them up without due process to torture them for months
to extract information ‘necessary’ for state security. It is then
that only the government will decide which of its citizens are ‘worthy’
of any rights at all.
shall have permission to read and write, likewise to send and receive
letters. Parcels and remittances of money, however, may be withheld
from them until the completion of their punishment; such consignments
shall meanwhile be entrusted to the Internee Committee, who will
hand over to the infirmary the perishable goods contained in the
POWs’ families have no idea if they are even alive.
transfer of internees shall always be effected humanely. As a general
rule, it shall be carried out by rail or other means of transport,
and under conditions at least equal to those obtaining for the forces
of the Detaining Power in their changes of station. If, as an exceptional
measure, such removals have to be effected on foot, they may not
take place unless the internees are in a fit state of health, and
may not in any case expose them to excessive fatigue.
their flights to Cuba, POWs were forced wear chains and hoods so
they had no idea what was happening to them. That was intentional
so they would suffer mental collapse and be more pliable to US interrogators.
This goes much farther than exposing them to "excessive fatigue."
It is downright torture reminiscent of the Hanoi Hilton.
does the USA get away with the above outrage? It does so by redefining
US says that the POWs are not POWs at all; they are now to be called,
combatants don’t deserve any human rights whatsoever because the
biggest gun on the planet says so. It doesn’t matter that every
other nation calls a POW a POW, the USA is above other nations,
it is above the law, it is above its own citizens and it is above
President Bush loves pointing out that, "America is liberating
Iraqis from human rights abuses by Saddam Hussein." However
America abuses the rights of anyone it so chooses by just by giving
them a different label.
Duggan [send him mail]
lives in Fort Apache (Hamilton, New Jersey, site of the anthrax
mailings) with his family. He thinks everyone who loves their country
and not the government should honor only the original U.S. Colonial
flag with its thirteen stars and stripes.
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