3,282. 1/11/2002

"As the first load of prisoners arrived at the new military prison camp at Guantánamo, Cuba, on January 11, 2002, he [Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld] declared them 'unlawful combatants' who 'do not have any rights under the Geneva Convention.' In fact, the Geneva Conventions provide explicit protections to anyone taken prisoner in an international armed conflict, even when they are not entitled to actual prisoner-of-war status, but no one at that time was in a mood to contradict the all-powerful secretary of defense."

 – Andrew Cockburn, Rumsfeld, 129

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