3,358. 2/7/2002

“On February 7 [2002], President Bush struck what was described as a compromise. America would abandon its commitment to abide by the Geneva Conventions in the war on terror. But Bush promised that ‘as a matter of policy’–not law–‘the United States Armed Forces shall continue to treat detainees humanely’…so long as it was consistent with ‘military necessity.’ …this last phrase was a caveat flexible enough to sanction almost anything. …It was…the same legalistic language used by the Japanese in World War II to justify the Bataan Death March.”

 РJane Mayer, The Dark Side, Page 125

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