Weren't the torturers the ones on trial in that one?
The Bush administration has instructed U.S. diplomats abroad to defend its decision to seek the death penalty for six Guantanamo Bay detainees accused in the Sept. 11 terror attacks by recalling theafter .
Oh, wait, I forgot. We don't torture anyone. Thanks to the Maverick and Commander when we want to extract confessions from prisoners we only degrade them and treat them cruelly and inhumanly.
Despite the confidence of military prosecutors, the case has been clouded by revelations that the key suspect, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the suspected mastermind of the attacks in which hijackers flew planes into buildings inand Washington, was subjected to interrogation tactics that critics call torture.
The cable refers specifically to this and instructs diplomats to advise foreign governments that the tribunal will not accept evidence obtained through torture and that the defendants can raise objections to any statements they argue they made under coercion. Those decisions will be up to the judge, it says.
But it notes a distinction between torture and "cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment" that was outlawed by legislation sponsored by, R-Ariz, now the leading Republican candidate for the 2008 presidential nomination and a former prisoner of war during .
The cable informs diplomats that statements made by defendants under such conditions before the passage of the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005 may be considered by the court.
No wonder we're a beacon of hope to all the world.