- WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Defense
Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Sunday Iraqi television footage apparently
showing American prisoners of war was a violation of the Geneva Convention.
- On CBS "Face the Nation," Rumsfeld was shown
footage relayed by the Arabic satellite station Al-Jazeera that Iraq television
claimed were captive U.S. soldiers.
- "That's a violation of the Geneva Convention, those
pictures you showed," Rumsfeld said of the international law on treatment
of prisoners of war. He said the convention prohibits the photographing
or interrogation by media of those captured in battle.
- © 2003 Reuters
- From S.F.
- This takes the hypocrisy prize...for this morning, at
least. The Pentagon has permitted US media to show
Iraqi prisoners and dead since the beginning. But
now 'it is against the Geneva convention.' Disgusting.
- Red Cross Notes Both Sides Show POW Photos
- From lostonearth
- Thre BBC had a woman representing the International Red
Cross being interviewed in their studios by one of the BBC's best news
anchors. The woman said to the interviewer that, "Yes, what the Iraqi
government did in showing the American prisoners was a violation of the
Geneva Convention. But it must be remembered that the major American news
services, with assistance from American troops, had been showing Iraqi
prisoners on the news broadcasts - and the manner that they were presented
could be construed to be in the same class as the Iraqi actions."
- From Pam R
- Re: http://www.rense.com/general36/sdso.htm -- The
hypocrisy is even worse than what the e-mail comment mentioned.
- Over a year ago, the US broadcasted photos of Afghan
captives hooded and chained, both in our airplanes and in Cuba. A white-haired
man, I think from the ICRC, showed up in Cuba to inspect & inform
the US that it was violating the Geneva Conventions. Bush & his Administration
didn't seem to have a clue about the Geneva Conventions, but after quite
a while (no doubt reading up on it), they tried to get around the
agreement by claiming the men weren't POWs.
- "Little Bush" & his goons also kept
the POWs out of the US so they could be tortured while interrogated, held
indefinitely without charges, etc. Now after flipping off the world
on the Geneva Conventions, Rummy wants the rest of the world to abide by
them when our boys & girls are captured. How naive is that?
- Do you remember this: