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Thursday, May 13, 2004

Torture as defined by Uncle Sam

A clear indication of what the US treats as torture comes in the long reservations it made on ratification of the UN Convention against Torture. In fine Yankee Doodle Dandy style, it restricts the scope of one article in the Convention to things done that would infringe the US Constitution! And provides its own restrictive definition of torture to apply to itself.

(Provisions in the Geneva Conventions - Article 32 of Geneva IV, for instance - go wider than torture.

But the tenor of the Torture Convention reservations seems clear: to make the scope of application of similar rules to the US as narrow as possible.)

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