Atty Gen. Gonzales has asked Congress to provide "protection" for US military personel who may have committed crimes punishable under the War Crimes Act. The act, passed to cover the sort of abuse and mistreatment POWs in received at the hands of the North Vietnamese during the Vietnam war, apparently would cover some actions sanctioned by the Administration. Ironically, it was passed to allow prosecution of those who abused US military personnel, by making them accountable to US civilian courts, no matter where the abuse occured. At the time, no one imagined that any American administration would tolderate such abuse of prisoners held by the US. http://msnbc.msn.com/id/14067214/ Another measure of how far this nation has fallen in a generation.