Monday, May 17, 2004

The Geneva Conventions? How Quaint

From Talking Points Memo we find that White House counsel Alberto Gonzales wrote a memo to Bush in 2002 suggesting that the Geneva Conventions were no longer relevant in the war on “terra.”

“As you have said, the war against terrorism is a new kind of war,” Gonzales wrote to Bush. “The nature of the new war places a high premium on other factors, such as the ability to quickly obtain information from captured terrorists and their sponsors in order to avoid further atrocities against American civilians.” Gonzales concluded in stark terms: “In my judgment, this new paradigm renders obsolete Geneva’s strict limitations on questioning of enemy prisoners and renders quaint some of its provisions.”

You can forget about that Supreme Court appointment, Alberto.