July 20th, 2007
05:00 PM ET
12 years ago

Bush bars cruel, inhuman treat of terrorism suspects

President Bush's executive order bars the humiliation and cruel treatment of terrorism suspects.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush on Friday signed an executive order specifying that the CIA is forbidden to use cruel or inhuman treatment - including insulting a person's religion or religious practices - when interrogating detainees, specifically suspected terrorists, the White House said.

The order interprets Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions, said a statement from White House spokesman Tony Snow. "Specifically, the interpretation ... is applied to the Central Intelligence Agency's detention and interrogation program whose purpose is to question captured al Qaeda terrorists."

It requires that any CIA interrogation program comply with federal law, including the prohibition of "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment" in the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005, federal statutes against torture and the War Crimes Act, Snow said.

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  1. James, Phoenix AZ

    Good Grief... WHY are we giving the terrorists such sweet arrangement:
    1) 3 square meals
    2) Roof
    3) Clean dry clothes
    4) Won't say anything unsavory about your religion which you use as justification for blowing up innocent men, women, and children in airplanes, buildings, etc.
    5) We won't use any effective means of inducing information – just keep asking you politely after you finsh dessert and your prayers.

    But at least Europe will "respect" us.. and that's ALL that matters!

    July 20, 2007 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  2. Tom Dedham, Mass

    Somehow, I already know this won't be enough.

    Just a guess.

    July 20, 2007 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  3. John S. Chicago, Illinois

    What about Cruel, Inhuman treatment of American Citiczens that put him in office? That is my definition of cruel.

    July 20, 2007 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  4. Noah, Oakland, CA

    James from AZ:

    These are terrorism SUSPECTS. They're not all terrorists. Many "terrorists" who have been captured and sent to Gitmo and Abu Ghraib have been discovered to be innocent and then released. Also, many suspects who have been detained are just petty criminals, not terrorists (this info has come directly from the mouths of soldiers who were there)

    Are you for water boarding these guys too, just for the fun of it? Just to show 'em how big America's collective schlong is? It would be fun wouldn't it?

    There's this little thing called "innocent until proven guilty," which is part of what makes America great. Although this current administration doesn't seem to care about that.

    And, you know what, it actually does matter if Europe likes us. And it's important to consider how our actions in Iraq (if we torture people or don't, etc) will effect our standing there as well. We are trying to "help bring freedom there," right? It makes a lot more than just a big gun to bring freedom to people. They have to want us to help them. We have to win the battle of ideas. They have to see us as helping them. Yet, when we torture SUSPECTED terrorists, and petty criminals, well, that turns a lot of moderate arabs, who might have been on our side in the first place, towards jihad.

    We are creating more and more terrorists everyday.

    But hey, let's keep winning! Woo hoo!

    July 20, 2007 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  5. Rick, Chicago Illinois

    Excellent post Noah, Oakland, CA! You saved me the trouble of posting it.

    July 20, 2007 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  6. Tom Dedham, Mass

    If it means waterboarding a few of these dirtbags (who by the way are being scooped up in the field of battle)to gather information that saves yes, even California, I say go for it.

    I bet the parents of Daniel Pearl feel that way as well.

    Were you outraged when it was discovered in Iraq the brutal torture devices that were found and manuals on how to torture American soldiers or did you miss that?

    I few of our best and brightest (at least that's my belief) went overboard and you know what this great country did, they prosecuted them.

    These people are eating better than a lot of our citizens, get prayer time, proper clothes and A/C.

    I am sick of the MSM portraying this as we are brutalizing these "people" as that plays right into their hands and yes, it helps them.

    July 20, 2007 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  7. Mike, Corpus Christi Texas

    How bout that picture...Big Man On Campus! LOL!

    July 20, 2007 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  8. erika morgan black dimond wa

    I can't believe after all the lies this administration has been caught, in there is a single person who accepts anything they say without incontrovertible proof. AS STATED THESE ARE UNTRIED SUSPECTS WHO ARE INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY IN A REAL COURT OF LAW BY A JUORY OF THEIR PEERS NOT OUR PEERS. These folks in Gitmo are the unfortunate males who got caught in a net arbitrarily cast by our scared military boys, who had zero idea of culture, no understanding of language, nor any idea of what they were supposed to do. remember they had been told the Iraqis would greet them with flowers and lemonade. Many detainees were children but all were victims of dehumanization, and each of us will answer to our creator for our part in the injustice WE perpetuate upon fellow humans, in a democracy unlike in a monarchy the people carry the burden personally not just the King.

    July 20, 2007 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  9. Jennifer D, Pittsburgh, PA

    Thank you- NOAH- for posting an intelligent, thoughtful commentary during this period of moderate to rampant hysteria reminiscent of a video-game like "Get the Terrorists- or Die Trying". It is precisely those over-zealous activities that turn ordinary, 'moderate' Muslims into Jihad warriors.

    July 21, 2007 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  10. lippy Alliance, Nebraska

    Actually this is quite cute. You notice this applies to the CIA's interrogation program right? So the private contractors Bush and Cheney have turned to to fight this war are apparently immune to this standard. Once again nothing of sanity is acheived and the deceptions go on.

    July 21, 2007 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |