Danger – rabid surrender monkeys

Rumsfeld was warned of the legal risks.

A last footnote for now on Rumsfeld’s Paris trip (see here, here, here, and here).

Even where nations agree with the President’s status determination, many would view the more extreme interrogation techniques as violative of other international law (either treaties or customary international law) and perhaps violations of their own domestic law. This puts the interrogators and the chain of command at risk of criminal accusations abroad, either in foreign domestic courts or international fora, to include the ICC.

(My italics). From a memo to the Secretary of the Air Force signed by Major-General Jack Rives, Deputy Judge-Advocate-General of the USAF, 5 February 2003. Facsimile here, courtesy of Jack Balkin.

Next post on neolithic ham, I trust.

Author: James Wimberley

James Wimberley (b. 1946, an Englishman raised in the Channel Islands. three adult children) is a former career international bureaucrat with the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. His main achievements there were the Lisbon Convention on recognition of qualifications and the Kosovo law on school education. He retired in 2006 to a little white house in Andalucia, His first wife Patricia Morris died in 2009 after a long illness. He remarried in 2011. to the former Brazilian TV actress Lu Mendonça. The cat overlords are now three. I suppose I've been invited to join real scholars on the list because my skills, acquired in a decade of technical assistance work in eastern Europe, include being able to ask faux-naïf questions like the exotic Persians and Chinese of eighteenth-century philosophical fiction. So I'm quite comfortable in the role of country-cousin blogger with a European perspective. The other specialised skill I learnt was making toasts with a moral in the course of drunken Caucasian banquets. I'm open to expenses-paid offers to retell Noah the great Armenian and Columbus, the orange, and university reform in Georgia. James Wimberley's occasional publications on the web