I put Middle Earth Journal in hiatus in May of 2008 and moved to Newshoggers.
I temporarily reopened Middle Earth Journal when Newshoggers shut it's doors but I was invited to Participate at The Moderate Voice so Middle Earth Journal is once again in hiatus.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

WOO HOO! We're rewriting the war crimes act!

What do you do if you're in charge of the government, you've been up to quite a few hijinks which some pesky people might consider "war crimes" and you're getting worried that the bill may be coming due for your behavior? Simple. You re-write the law so that it no longer applies to you and your friends.

The Bush administration has drafted amendments to a war crimes law that would eliminate the risk of prosecution for political appointees, CIA officers and former military personnel for humiliating or degrading war prisoners, according to U.S. officials and a copy of the amendments.

Officials say the amendments would alter a U.S. law passed in the mid-1990s that criminalized violations of the Geneva Conventions, a set of international treaties governing military conduct in wartime. The conventions generally bar the cruel, humiliating and degrading treatment of wartime prisoners without spelling out what all those terms mean.

Stay tuned next month when the GOP controlled congress debates rewriting the definition of "election tampering" in various laws so that it no longer applies to things like... tampering with elections.

I'd like to express a bit more moral outrage and righteous indignation, but I'm afraid Team Bush has already tapped me dry in that department. Now all I've got left is bitter, dark, borderline demented laughter.

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