Eric Holder is to Jack Bauer as Paring Knife is to Peeler?November 25, 2008
Soon to be Attorney General Eric Holder’s take on the Geneva Convention:
One of the things we clearly want to do with these prisoners is to have an ability to interrogate them and find out what their future plans might be, where other cells are located; under the Geneva Convention that you are really limited in the amount of information that you can elicit from people.
It seems to me that given the way in which they have conducted themselves, however, that they are not, in fact, people entitled to the protection of the Geneva Convention. They are not prisoners of war. If, for instance, Mohamed Atta had survived the attack on the World Trade Center, would we now be calling him a prisoner of war? I think not. Should Zacarias Moussaoui be called a prisoner of war? Again, I think not.
Could he actually to be the right of John McCain on torture? We don’t advocate torture, but believe that coercive interrogation is an option that should never be taken off the table.