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How the Gloves Came OffLawyers, Policy Makers, and Norms in the Debate on Torture$
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Elizabeth Grimm Arsenault

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780231180788

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231180788.001.0001

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Modern POW Treatment in the United States

Modern POW Treatment in the United States

The Vietnam War, the Geneva Conventions, and the Pre-9/11 Era

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(p.57) 3 Modern POW Treatment in the United States
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How the Gloves Came Off
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Elizabeth Grimm Arsenault

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231180788.003.0003

This chapter details the history of U.S. compliance with the Geneva Conventions, and later the UN Convention Against Torture, from Vietnam through September 10, 2001. The norm of humane POW treatment was solidified by U.S. experience in Vietnam as well as U.S. POW activities during the 1980s and 1990s. Military practice and doctrine from Grenada, Panama, and the Persian Gulf War indicate a strong commitment to upholding the Geneva Conventions and the CAT. By integrating Army lawyers into operational planning and crafting a policy of widely extending POW status, the improvement in detainee treatment that occurred during these conflicts strongly reflects the redress for U.S. lapses in Vietnam.

Keywords:   Vietnam War, DoD Law of War program, Urgent Fury, Just Cause, Persian Gulf War, Operation Allied Force

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