4,906. 4/4/2003

"The DOD [Department of Defense] Working Group, headed by Air Force General Counsel Mary Walker, issued a report on April 4, 2003, that perpetuated the common plan to authorize torture and other coercive measures and to deny protections and violate the Geneva Conventions by reiterating two completely and manifestly false but familiar conclusions within the [Bush] administration: (1) that members of al Qaeda are supposedly not protected 'because, inter alia, al Qaeda is not a High Contracting Party to the Convention,' and (2) that with respect to members of the Taliban the Geneva Civilian Convention supposedly 'does not apply to unlawful combatants,'…"

 – Jordan J. Paust, Beyond the Law, 14

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