Petraeus: U.S. Violated Geneva Conventions
29 May 09 | Raw Story
The head of the U.S. Central Command, General David Petraeus, said Friday that the U.S. had violated the Geneva Conventions in a stunning admission from President Bush’s onetime top general in Iraq that the U.S. may have violated international law.
“When we have taken steps that have violated the Geneva Conventions we rightly have been criticized, so as we move forward I think it’s important to again live our values, to live the agreements that we have made in the international justice arena and to practice those,” Gen. Petraeus said on Fox News Friday afternoon.
Petraeus made the comment in the context of being asked about the Bush administration’s so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques.” The now-Central Command chief said he believed that banning the more extreme techniques had taken away “a tool” employed by “our enemies” as a moral argument against the United States.
Petraeus didn’t say which parts of the Geneva Conventions he thought he and other administration officials had violated. >>>