In Karl Rove’s latest appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” he discussed the use of enhanced interrogation tactics used by the CIA that were recently detailed in a Senate report.
Rove vehemently defended the use of such tactics as well as the decision to use them by President George W. Bush. He claims Bush knew all along what techniques were being used, and that the report which says he was in the dark and didn’t know what was going on is plainly incorrect.
“He’s says in his book, describes how he was briefed and intimately involved in the decision, he made the decision. He was presented I believe twelve techniques. He authorized the use of ten of them, including water-boarding. This isn’t a footnote, and it is illustrative of the problem with this report. They simply didn’t talk to the people, they talked to no one. They simply read documents, and it’s like the Queen of Hearts, you know, verdict first, judgement first, verdict second. They came to a predetermined conclusion before they ever even began.”
Rove also said of the tactics:
They “were carefully designed with the principles in mind of our statutory obligations and international commitments.”
Even though in Article Three of the Geneva Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War, it states:
In the case of armed conflict not of an international character occurring in the territory of one of the High Contracting Parties, each Party to the conflict shall be bound to apply, as a minimum, the following provisions:
(1) Persons taking no active part in the hostilities, including members of armed forces who have laid down their arms and those placed ‘ hors de combat ‘ by sickness, wounds, detention, or any other cause, shall in all circumstances be treated humanely, without any adverse distinction founded on race, colour, religion or faith, sex, birth or wealth, or any other similar criteria.
To this end, the following acts are and shall remain prohibited at any time and in any place whatsoever with respect to the above-mentioned persons:
(a) violence to life and person, in particular murder of all kinds, mutilation, cruel treatment and torture;
(b) taking of hostages;
(c) outrages upon personal dignity, in particular humiliating and degrading treatment;
(d) the passing of sentences and the carrying out of executions without previous judgment pronounced by a regularly constituted court, affording all the judicial guarantees which are recognized as indispensable by civilized peoples.
(2) The wounded and sick shall be collected and cared for.
An impartial humanitarian body, such as the International Committee of the Red Cross, may offer its services to the Parties to the conflict.
The Parties to the conflict should further endeavour to bring into force, by means of special agreements, all or part of the other provisions of the present Convention.
The application of the preceding provisions shall not affect the legal status of the Parties to the conflict.
Did Karl Rove just admit President George W. Bush is a war criminal?