From Barbara at the senate (yes, THE senate)
Today, the media is reporting on a Department of Defense memo pertaining to the Geneva Conventions and terrorist-detainees, available at http://www.washingtonpost.com
I encourage you to read this memo closely and carefully for yourself—the relevant part is only a half-page—because the media could not misrepresent the content of this memo any worse. Many media reports claim that this memo represents a “major shift” in the Bush Administration policy towards detainees, or that this memo somehow represents a “new policy” towards detainees. Bill Press, for example, characterized it as a “stunning reversal.” All of these reports are utterly inaccurate.
The first paragraph of the memo merely repeats the finding of the Supreme Court’s Hamdan decision that Geneva Convention Common Article Three applies to the conflict with al Qaeda, and that the Department’s military commission orders were inconsistent with Common Article Three. The memo then repeats the Department’s understanding that all its existing Department orders, policies, and directives, aside from the military commission procedures, “comply with the standards of Common Article 3.”
Then, the memo directs all recipients of the memo to ensure that all DoD personnel adhere to the standard of treating detainees humanely, and to review all relevant policy directives, regulations, policies, and practices “to ensure that they comply with the standards of Common Article Three.” Contrary to the media reports, there is no order in this memo that the Department reverse its policy and now apply Common Article Three to all detainees. There is no order that detainees will now be treated any differently than they have in the past. This memo is not a change in policy because it already is the policy of the
Again, I encourage you to read the memo for yourself.
I'm going to stick to watching Spongebob Squarepants with the kids. I'll bet they check their facts.