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5/19/2004

The New York Times > International > Middle East > Procedures: U.S. Barred Legal Review of Detentions, Lawyer Says

The New York Times > International > Middle East > Procedures: U.S. Barred Legal Review of Detentions, Lawyer Says

A further exploration of the JAG angle on Abu Ghraib, from the NYC bar association's Committee on International Human Rights. Just before the scandal broke, the association released a report detailing the international commitments the administration was ignoring in the interrogation of detainees. The Report is available here, and is titled Human Rights Standards Applicable to the United States' Interrogation of Detainees.

The Times article emphasizes the disdain with which this administration views lawyers and legal rights. JAGs have been left out of the loop on most of the major military-legal issues the administration has created, ranging from military tribunals to the interrogation of detainees. In previous administrations, troops interrogated detainees in front of observation mirrors, which always presented the threat that JAG officers were watching. Bush ignored this practice in Guantanamo, Afghanistan, and Iraq.

 

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