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George W Bush canceling out on Geneva due to Geneva Conventions

As the news broke that former President George W. Bush had abruptly canceled his scheduled appearance in Geneva to avoid the risk of arrest on a torture complaint, my first thought was — how humiliating, not only for Bush but, by extension, for all Americans.

However, those who might have expected Bush to be down in the mouth and sulk about the embarrassment caught him and Condoleezza Rice — his former national security adviser and Secretary of State — in seats of honor at Sunday’s Super Bowl in Dallas. Doomed to become America’s first better-stay-at-home former president, Bush could still take consolation in getting scarce tickets to big sports events.

Bush’s Feb. 7, 2002, memo turned out to be the smoking gun on Bush’s torture policies. In it Bush wrote: “I determine that common Article 3 of Geneva does not apply to either al Qaeda or Taliban detainees.” Article 3, which is common to the other Geneva conventions on prisoners of war, bans “torture [and] outrages upon personal dignity, in particular humiliating and degrading treatment.” The conventions permit no country to unilaterally exclude anyone from Geneva protections.

But Bush did so.

[Excerpt of article by Ray McGovern, former CIA Analyst]


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