6,711. 5/15/2006

“In May 2006, media reports indicated that a nearly final draft of a new Army Field Manual on interrogation contained major changes from previous manuals and would perpetuate unlawful treatment during interrogation of alleged terrorists and unprivileged belligerents that was authorized by several members of the Bush administration and military commanders at Guantanamo Bay and Iraq. The new draft was being created under the supervision of [Undersecretary of Defense] Stephen Cambone, who opposes use of legally required minimum protections for all detainees under customary international law reflected in common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions. Media also reported that DOD [Department of Defense] ‘civilian leaders’ had argued ‘that the Geneva Convention does not apply to terrorists or irregular fighters’ and that the new draft manual should create two separate sets of interrogation tactics–one for prisoners of war and the other for non-prisoners of war, and the latter set ‘would allow tougher techniques.’ ” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 РJordan J. Paust, Beyond the Law, Page 42

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