From: Mike Lorrey (
Date: Sat Oct 27 2001 - 09:04:51 MDT

Andrew Clough wrote:
> >Finally, I highly doubt that you or Samantha has ANY experience in
> >dealing with wartime legal issues, dealing with Geneva Conventions, etc.
> No, all my knowledge comes from reading the relevant documents. Do you
> have any experience with international law as it relates to the treatment
> of prisoners?

I've got the training that one gets as an active duty member of the Air
Force. While it is true that the conventions say that *uniformed* POWs
are only obligated to give their name, rank, and serial number, I can
say that the US is the ONLY country ever to fully observe the
conventions (though we have made some significant classified
exceptions). Ununiformed insurgents, saboteurs, infiltrators, etc do not
fall under this treatment, nor are they considered to be spies as
covered under the US constitution. There is no Geneva convention for the
treatment of ununiformed terrorists. A terrorist, by his very actions in
operating without a uniform and targeting civilians specifically, thumbs
his nose at ideas like the Geneva Conventions, human rights, etc. Thus
they deserve none of the protections that combatants AND common
criminals both enjoy.

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