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The McCain Loophole


If the Bush administration were really in the mood to keep fighting on the interrogation front, it could exploit a potential loophole in McCain’s language. It could write the revised Army manual to make it clear that its interrogation guidelines apply only to lawful prisoners of war. This would leave an undefined (because apparently no one, including McCain, wants to define it) gap between methods approved for POW’s and cruel, inhuman, and degrading practices. Unfortunately, it would take a huge effort to make the bureaucracy go along with this approach, and the administration, especially Secretary Rice, want this whole thing just to go away.


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