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  •  upon further digging... (3+ / 0-)
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    oldjohnbrown, kurt, skeptiq

    ...this looks bad, but hardly evidence that this was a policy approved by Churchill.

    An assessment by MI5 pointed out that Scotland had detailed repeated breaches of the Geneva convention, with his admissions that prisoners had been forced to kneel while being beaten about the head; forced to stand to attention for up to 26 hours; threatened with execution; or threatened with "an unnecessary operation".

    I'd have to see more to believe there was an official policy approving torture in Britain during the war, aside from the general brutality of military justice of the enemy during war time, by all sides, something which we've tried to correct over time and the establishment of the Geneva Conventions is an important step along the way (think about the road black Americans have taken since the abolition of slavery, a road many are still on in terms of discrimination and official brutality against them).

    This part is interesting and deserves further investigation though, as it holds parallels to what we're going through now:

    Scotland went on to argue that the Red Cross need not be admitted, because his prisoners were either civilians, or "criminals within the armed forces", and neither, he said, were protected by the Geneva convention. Should the Red Cross be allowed inside the Cage, he added, he would instruct the RAF to stop sending him prisoners suspected of involvement in the Stalag Luft III murders. "The interrogation of these criminals must proceed in Germany under conditions more closely related to police methods than to Geneva convention principles."

    free the information

    by freelixir on Sun May 03, 2009 at 11:43:54 PM PDT

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