Friday, November 03, 2006

Please Refer to Article 4

I've noticed alot of people seem to be misinformed about Geneva Convention rights, asserting time and again that those held in Guantanamo are entitled to them. The actual official document as it relates to prisoners of war can be found here.

As the title suggests, Article 4 is the crux of the issue. It states captured prisoners consisting of a defeated standing militray force, as well as organized resistance members are entitled to these rights. HOWEVER, resistance fighters must meet the following requirements.

(a) That of being commanded by a person responsible for his subordinates;
(b) That of having a fixed distinctive sign recognizable at a distance;
(c) That of carrying arms openly;
(d) That of conducting their operations in accordance with the laws and customs of war.

(Emphasis added) Feel free to read more of the document to get this in context.

Our enemies seem to fail both of the bold-faced criteria, if ot one of the other criteria as well. Thus they truly are entitled to even less than we're giving them.

I know this will create alot of feedback, and I welcome it. This is an important issue.


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