Friday, January 09, 2004

Saddam POW?

Saddam has been officially labeled as a POW by the Pentagon:

Saddam Hussein is officially a prisoner of war, a formal status that could have ramifications for the methods used by the CIA to interrogate him and the legal forum in which he will be tried, a Pentagon spokesman said Thursday,

"Saddam Hussein is an (enemy prisoner of war). But we do not declare someone to be an EPW unless there is reason to think that he might not be one," said Pentagon spokesman Maj. Michael Shavers, quoting information from the Pentagon general counsel's office. "Saddam Hussein is a general and head of the old regime's armed forces. He is, therefore, military. He was captured. He is a POW. There was no need to make a declaration, and we have not made any declaration of the fact."


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