Leave it to torture-cheerleader Sean Hannity to turn up his nose at the humane treatment of civilians, captured soldiers and others caught up in war.
The Legal Information Institute at Cornell Law School describes the Geneva Conventions as, “a series of treaties on the treatment of civilians, prisoners of war (POWs) and soldiers who are otherwise rendered hors de combat, or incapable of fighting.” In other words, as the International Committee of the Red Cross says, the treaties “limit the barbarity of war” and “protect people who do not take part in the fighting (civilians, medics, aid workers) and those who can no longer fight (wounded, sick and shipwrecked troops, prisoners of war)."
In a post-debate discussion with Senator Rand Paul last night, Media Matters caught the following exchange:
PAUL: I’m all for going after as many records as we can get of terrorists. I just ask that it be done in an individualized fashion where you put a person’s name on a warrant. You say, “We have suspicion they did X,” and then you get a judge to sign it. I’m just not for sweeping things. Donald Trump’s talking about closing down the Internet. To close the internet would violate the Constitution and would specifically violate the First Amendment. So I think when he says these outlandish things, someone needs to call him on it, so I was glad I did.
…He says other things like, “Well, we should kill the terrorists’ families.” So we’re going to kill, like, their two-year-old kids, their four-year-old kids? And the thing is, that to kill bystanders and non-combatants goes against what America stands for… and goes against the Geneva Convention.
HANNITY: There was an exec - I’m not so sure if I agree with all the Geneva Conventions and whether or not other countries follow those rules. There’s a separate debate. But there’s an executive order, I believe President Ford at the time, that prohibits the assassination of foreign leaders. I think if we got an opportunity to take out an evil foreign leader, that we’d be wise to do so.
Rule of law? That’s so only-for-people-Hannity-dislikes!
Watch it below, from the December 15 post-debate Hannity show, via Media Matters.
“But, apparently, like his chickenhawk pal, Dick Cheney, Hannity must have had “other priorities.” "
Yes indeed Ellen — and I wonder if, like “Five Deferment Dick”, BANGING HIS WIFE was at the top of KKKlannity’s so-called “priority list”??
[if my memory serves me correctly, Lynne Cheney became pregnant in the mid-1960s — that pregnancy resulted in the birth of her daughter Liz Cheney on July 28, 1966]
I’m not sure when and where Hannity went to school but according to Britannica.com, he was born on December 30, 1961.
The Gulf war went from August 1990 to mid-January, 1991.
Hannity would have been 29. According to the military’s current rules, Hannity could have joined the Army, the Coast Guard, the Marines or the Navy.
Of course that’s sorta like being the tallest guy in a village of pygmies.
Hey Sean — why don’t you follow through on that waterboarding promise you made almost five years ago . . . I’ll bet you’ll be sure afterward . . .