Iraq: What Works and What Doesn't Work: A Pattern of Abuse?

While nothing compared to the horrors of Saddam Hussein's regime, the actions of U.S. soldiers at Abu Ghraib unquestionably violated international law. What's more, for two years reports have piled up about "stress and duress" techniques military and CIA officers are using on al-Qaeda and Iraqi captives. Those tactics--torture lite--also go against international rules; their practice may have encouraged the crimes at Abu Ghraib. --By Mitch Frank

THE LAW

The Third Geneva Convention forbids subjecting POWs to "cruel treatment and torture, outrages upon personal dignity and humiliating treatment." U.S. officials say Iraqi and Taliban captives are covered by the convention but...

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