Thursday, June 29, 2006

Angry Over Hamadan

Ok, I can't quite express myself without four letter words that cannot be said in public. But let me for now, just register my anger that apparently 5 of our Supreme Court justices can't [curse word deleted] read the description of Lawful Enemy Combatants protected under Articles 3,4, and 5 of the Geneva Conventions.
(Article 4) "Prisoners of war, in the sense of the present Convention, are persons belonging to one of the following categories, who have fallen into the power of the enemy"

* "Members of the armed forces"
* "militias...including those of organized resistance movements...having a fixed distinctive sign recognizable at a distance...conducting their operations in accordance with the laws and customs of war"
* "Persons who accompany the armed forces"
* "Members of crews...of the merchant marine and the crews of civil aircraft"
* "Inhabitants of a non-occupied territory, who on the approach of the enemy spontaneously take up arms"

(Article 5):"Should any doubt arise as to whether persons, having committed a belligerent act..." is a prisoner of war "...such persons shall enjoy the protection of the present Convention until such time as their status has been determined by a competent tribunal."
Perhaps they were looking at Article 5. Except that this ruling specifically prevents military tribunal and insists on due process under US Civilian Law. So, just to make sure I've got it straight. Citizens and former citizens of US in open revolt (see Lincoln, 1861-64 or Clinton, OKC, 1995): habeus corpus may be suspended. Irregulars who routinely disregard the Geneva Conventions in prosecution of war against the US: habeus corpus applies.

Remind me to violate the Geneva Conventions when I start my revolt.