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July 11, 2006 3:00 AM

Bush allows terror detainees some rights under Geneva Convention

In a major reversal of a keystone policy in its war on terrorism, the Bush administration announced Tuesday that all detainees in U.S. military custody, including those at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are entitled to Geneva Convention protections that prohibit humiliating treatment and torture. The change reflects the Pentagons response to the Supreme Courts 5-3 decision last month that struck down the administrations makeshift formula for military tribunals at Guantanamo, declaring their procedures unconstitutional and a violation of Geneva Convention obligations. The two-page Pentagon memo repudiates a core element of the legal foundation of President Bushs approach to dealing with terrorism. Bush and his legal advisers initially had said the Geneva Conventions didnt apply to the war on terrorism because it was a new type of conflict that demanded more aggressive action.

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