The U.S. Senate is about to pass a bill on the treatment of terrorism suspects that was passed by the House yesterday. Among some benign things, this bill also does the following, according to the Associated Press:
- Prohibits “grave breaches” of the Geneva Conventions. Defines grave breaches as acts such as torture, rape, biological experiments and cruel and inhuman treatment.
- Notes the president has the authority to interpret “the meaning and application” of the Geneva Conventions.
- Allows hearsay evidence.
- Allows coerced testimony if the statement was acquired before a 2005 ban on cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment and a judge finds it to be reliable.
- Bars individuals from protesting violations of Geneva Conventions standards in court.
I guess we are okay with breaches of the Constitution now; unless, of course, they are “grave.” And of course, only for bad guys, and we know they’re bad because they’ve been proven so beyond a reasonable doubt in fair trials. And of course, by “proud,” I mean “nauseated.”