Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Ban torture

It will be interesting to see how many days it takes before the incoming Barack Obama administration publicly commits to issuing a presidential directive banning torture in all situations, and then how many days it takes after the inauguration before such a directive is actually issued.

A second issue is how the administration views "coercive interrogation" overall, not just when it rises to the level that internationally would be recognized as torture.

A third issue is how the incoming administration will view the rights of terrorism detainees, whether as prisoners of war or simply as criminal defendents, and whether aliens will be accorded comparable rights to U.S. citizens.

Fourth, we await a decision on the status of Guantanamo and whether and when detainees would be either released back to their native countries or transitioned to the criminal justice system here in the U.S. Or, whether they might truly become prisoners of war.

-- Jack Krupansky


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