6,846. 9/28/2006

"Just before Congress passed the Military Commissions Act of 2006 [on September 22, 2006], Senator [John] McCain [R-AZ] was widely quoted when he stated [on September 21, 2006] that '[t]here's no doubt that the integrity and letter and spirit of the Geneva Conventions have been preserved.' On the Senate floor [on September 28, 2006], he also assured: 'The President [Bush] and his subordinates are…bound to comply with Geneva. That is clear to me and to all who have negotiated this legislation in good faith. …[T]his bill makes clear that the United States will fulfill all of its obligations under those Conventions. We expect the CIA to conduct interrogations in a manner that is fully consistent with…all of our obligations under Common Article 3…[and Congress is not] amending, modifying or redefining the Geneva Conventions.' "

 – Jordan J. Paust, Beyond the Law, 92-93

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