Wednesday, June 16, 2004
Rummy Ache once again
NBC News is reporting that Rumsfeld personally ordered at least one unidentified prisoner in Iraq to be held "off the books" that were provided to the International Red Cross.
I don't pretend to be an expert on the Geneva Conventions, but I've always understood prisoners of war are entitled to Red Cross/Red Crescent visits, which pretty much implies you have to disclose that you have the prisoners, not keep them in some separate, off-book accounting system.
According to the MSNBC article: "Pentagon officials still insist Rumsfeld acted legally, but admit it all depends on how you interpret the law." Well, since we know the Pentagon has opined that as president Bush has inherent authority to set aside laws he doesn't want to follow, anything Rumsfeld did would be legal under the Pentagon interpretation.