the rights of all who were involved in war, including prisoners. According to
Convention III, "The following acts are and shall remain prohibited at any time in
any place to prisoners of war: violence to life and person, in particular mutilation,
cruel treatment and torture, outrages upon personal dignity, humiliating, and
degrading treatment." (Convention III) However, despite this international law,
reports of torture and brutal conditions in prisons are constantly flowing in from
the conflict in Iraq. According to The New York Times,
"In December of 2002, Mr. Rumsfeld authorized hooding prisoners,
using dogs to terrify them, forcing them into stress positions, stripping
them, and isolating them. All this was prohibited by the Geneva
Conventions but President Bush declared on February 7, 2002, the
Geneva Conventions did not apply to Al Qaeda." ("For Abu Ghraib")
It is through this behavior that the U.S. is separating itself from the civilized
world. The Geneva Conventions should apply to all circumstances of war and
therefore stop the horrific acts that are taking place in Iraq today.
A prime example of the torture that is taking place today would be the Abu
Ghraib prison scandal. Numerous investigations have taken place and proved
that American soldiers hid prisoners from the Red Cross and mistreated them.
One soldier, Captain Ian Fishback, testified to witnessing the abuses in the
prison. "There were freaking horrible things people were doing. I saw detainees
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get their feet smashed in with hammers. Others were forced to sit on exhaust
pipes, they had their fingernails pulled out, or they were given electric shocks.
Light torture included: sleep deprivation, isolation, stress positions, and
hypothermia," states Captain Fishback. (Hirsh) Even worse... [continues]
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