I am starting this thread to keep the discussion of whether waterboarding constitutes torture or whether the terrorists in GTMO are covered by the Geneva Conventions out of the thread obama: waterboarding vs. slaughtering the unborn The Geneva Conventions are found on the following: http://www.unhchr.ch/html/menu3/b/91.htm Geneva Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War Adopted on 12 August 1949 by the Diplomatic Conference for the Establishment of International Conventions for the Protection of Victims of War, held in Geneva from 21 April to 12 August, 1949, entry into force 21 October 1950 PART I GENERAL PROVISIONS Article 4 A. Prisoners of war, in the sense of the present Convention, are persons belonging to one of the following categories, who have fallen into the power of the enemy: 1. Members of the armed forces of a Party to the conflict as well as members of militias or volunteer corps forming part of such armed forces. 2. Members of other militias and members of other volunteer corps, including those of organized resistance movements, belonging to a Party to the conflict and operating in or outside their own territory, even if this territory is occupied, provided that such militias or volunteer corps, including such organized resistance movements, fulfil the following conditions: (a) That of being commanded by a person responsible for his subordinates; (b) That of having a fixed distinctive sign recognizable at a distance; (c) That of carrying arms openly; (d) That of conducting their operations in accordance with the laws and customs of war. 3. Members of regular armed forces who profess allegiance to a government or an authority not recognized by the Detaining Power. PART III CAPTIVITY SECTION I BEGINNING OF CAPTIVITY Article 17 Every prisoner of war, when questioned on the subject, is bound to give only his surname, first names and rank, date of birth, and army, regimental, personal or serial number, or failing this, equivalent information. If he wilfully infringes this rule, he may render himself liable to a restriction of the privileges accorded to his rank or status. It is obvious that the GTMO detainees do not meet the requirements in Part I, Article 4, Paragraph B. Furthermore under Part III, Article 17 it is obvious that the GTMO detainees are not covered to the Geneva Conventions. They are certainly are not subject to the Geneva Conventions given that terrorists exist for only one reason, to kill whomever they can.