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The prisoners in Gitmo - The Geneva Convention

General Gard speaks with authority, being a Harvard-trained political scientist and former director of the Bologna campus of Johns Hopkins. He says: "A principal tenet of the Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols is differentiating between legitimate members of a nations's military forces and civilians. Criteria to be considered in determining whether a combatant is a member of an military force meriting POW status include the wearing of a uniform or identifying insignia, carrying weapons openly, and being organized as part of a recognized hierarchy that subscribes to international norms of warfare. I believe that we have stated that we are treating the detainees in accordance with the Geneva Conventions. The rub will come if we don't try a Taliban soldier under the same procedures as we would a member of our own armed forces".

Ronald Hilton - 1/22/02