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  •  A little help (0+ / 0-)

    The U.S. Domestic Law cited was in effect at the time?  I keep hearing wingnuts claim the Domestic Law was enacted in 2007, so it couldn't be used against these guys in these cases.  Anyone know how to source this?

    Thanks.

    •  Any idea what they're referring to? USC 2340 (1+ / 0-)
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      was enacted in 1994, which contains a conspiracy to torture clause.  The war crimes statute, 2441, was enacted in 1996.  USC 2340 has an 8-year statute of limitations (except in the case of death of the victim), so prosecutions need to start soon.

      The wingnuts might be referring to later acts of Congress, like the MCA.  However, torture, conspiracy to torture, and war crimes were already against the law.  They might be talking about Common Article 3 of Geneva, where the perverse view held by the Bush administration that Geneva did not apply was overturned by SCOTUS in 2006.  But 2340 & 2441 still applied during the entire Bush reign of terror.

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