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Risks of Redefining Conventions on POW Treatment

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Risks of Redefining Conventions on POW Treatment

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The White House and the U.S. Senate are likely to compromise over President Bush's proposal to more closely define Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions, which spells out rules for how prisoners of war should be treated. The president last week said the guidelines are too vague, but opponents say re-defining the rules would set a bad precedent.

Slate legal analyst Dahlia Lithwick talks with Madeleine Brand about what standards are set out by Article 3.