Proposed War Crimes Act protection would apply
WASHINGTON The Bush administration has drafted
amendments to the War Crimes Act.
According to lawyers who have seen the proposals, the
amendments would retroactively protect policymakers
from possible criminal charges for authorizing any
humiliating and degrading treatment of detainees. It
would, however, outlaw torture and inhuman or cruel
At issue are interrogations carried out by the C-I-A,
and the degree to which harsh tactics were authorized
by administration officials. A separate law applies to
The White House says the bill "will apply to any
conduct by any U-S personnel, whether committed before
or after the law is enacted."
Two attorneys say the draft is in the revision stage
but that the administration seems intent on pushing
forward its major points in Congress after Labor Day.