It’s pretty demoralising, but then simultaneously unsurprising, that George W Bush is seeking to push through legislation that, on the surface appears to dismantle the War Crimes Act of 1996, that could see him (or any US national, be they military or not) prosecuted for mistreatment of others under the Geneva Convention. The issue came around because the detainees in Guantanamo do fall under Geneva, despite the US’ lamentable categorisation of them as ‘illegal combatants’. Therefore, all of a sudden, Bush, Cheney and every other neocon disgrace from the last 8 years of office were potentially open to prosecution for their inhuman treatment.
While there’s still plenty of support from the media (Fox, anyone?) you have to wonder that when even CNN