Friday, May 14, 2004

Rules of "engagement" with Iraqi detainees. Some are illegal under the Geneva Convention, but they are consistent with the "spirit" and "ghost" of the Geneva convention. They include: "SENSORY DEPRIVATION, Using blindfolds, earmuffs and other materials. The field manual states this can be done for no more than 72 hours." It is not as bad as you think; because it does not allow the bag over the head of the prisoner to be left for more than 72 consecutive hours. Hail the humane empire.