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via Randi Rhodes | September 15, 2006 | Press Conference of the President | The Rose Garden
Q Mr. President, critics of your proposed bill on interrogation rules say there's another important test -- these critics include John McCain, who you've mentioned several times this morning -- and that test is this: If a CIA officer, paramilitary or special operations soldier from the United States were captured in Iran or North Korea, and they were roughed up, and those governments said, well, they were interrogated in accordance with our interpretation of the Geneva Conventions, and then they were put on trial and they were convicted based on secret evidence that they were not able to see, how would you react to that, as Commander-in-Chief?
THE PRESIDENT: David, my reaction is, is that if the nations such as those you named, adopted the standards within the Detainee Detention Act, the world would be better. That's my reaction. We're trying to clarify law. We're trying to set high standards, not ambiguous standards.
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The administration's version of the bill says that as long as the U.S. abides by the 2005 Detainee Treatment Act, which forbade "cruel, inhuman or degrading" treatment of prisoners, it would be in compliance with the Geneva Conventions. McCain and fellow Senate Republicans Susan Collins, Lindsey Graham and Armed Services Committee Chairman John Warner argued that the wording was too vague and that the U.S. should not try to rewrite the meaning of the Conventions and should stick to the treaty's intentions, which ban any "outrages upon personal dignity."
Upshot: Bush wants to live in a world where our captured soldiers could be tortured. He has decreed that such behavior would be well within the standards of the Geneva Conventions.