In a violation of Geneva Conventions, US transfers detainees to secret sites.
In what international law experts call a violation of the Geneva Conventions, the US Department of Justice provided the CIA with a memo justifying the secret transfer of Iraqi detainees outside the country for purposes of interrogation. According to an anonymous “intelligence official famliar with the operation” who spoke to the Washington Post, the CIA has removed up to twelve Iraqi “ghost detainees” from Iraq since the Abu Ghraib prison torture scandal broke in the media.
According to the Fourth Geneva Convention, to which to US is a signatory, “forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory” are “war crimes” constituting a “grave breach” of the accord, “regardless of their motive.”
The memo, a draft of which was obtained by the Post, was written by the Office of Legal Counsel, which advises the administration and government agencies on the legality of policies under consideration. The same Office previously stirred up related controversy when it advised the White House that torture during interrogation “may be justified” in the so-called “War on Terror.”
It is not yet known where the CIA took the prisoners it transferred, or if they were bought to countries where torture is legal, since Abu Ghraib and other prisons in Iraq already host detainment and interrogation facilities.
Author: new standard news
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