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Proposed War Crimes Act protection would apply retroactively

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  • Greg Cannon
    http://www.kvia.com/Global/story.asp?S=5263129 Proposed War Crimes Act protection would apply retroactively WASHINGTON The Bush administration has drafted
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 10, 2006
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      http://www.kvia.com/Global/story.asp?S=5263129

      Proposed War Crimes Act protection would apply
      retroactively

      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
      treatment.

      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 military.

      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.
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