It's OK if you haven't. Sen. John McCain (J)erk, AZ did it for you:
SEC. __. UNIFORM STANDARDS FOR THE INTERROGATION OF PERSONS UNDER THE DETENTION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE.
[Full Text of Amendment
(d) Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment Defined.--In this section, the term ``cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment'' means the cruel, unusual, and inhumane treatment or punishment prohibited by the Fifth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution of the United States, as defined in the United States Reservations, Declarations and Understandings to the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Forms of Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment done at New York, December 10, 1984.
Here is Sen McCain's stirring oratory in support of the specious amendment.
Take a minute and read it all. Having done so, imagine yourself a field interrogator with the amendment in hand, preparing to conduct an interrogation. You are well versed in interrogation techniques as described in the United States Army Field Manual on Intelligence Interrogation and it has not been changed but you now have a new set of standards that extends the rights of American citizens to the terrorist scum smirking before you. Rights that are always open to interpretation by civilian courts and rights that have been extended to the terrorist scum everywhere in the world.
Did your job just get easier or harder? The Field Manual didn't change but does the Field Manual comply with all interpretations made by various Federal Courts concerning the amendments listed? Getting information from the terrorist may save lives but putting pressure on him may get you a court martial. Now where did you put your kid gloves?
This is a bad amendment. It is micromanagement by the legislature of an area where the Executive should have great discretionary latitude. It's very proposal is a political gesture showing disrespect both for the Executive and for the military's current performance of its duties. It is political grandstanding at its most base, seeking affirmative pats on the head from the very media which has grossly exagerated isolated instances of alleged mistreatment in order to further an agenda that can only be described as antithetical to the successful prosecution of a necessary and justified war.
John McCain has proven to be a meretricious buffoon since being elected to the Senate and this piece of puerile demagoguery is further evidence of that fact. The amendment obfuscates rather than clarifies and will make our forces in the field's work harder rather than easier.
We don't hire pols to make life sweeter for terrorists and tougher for our soldiers.
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