TERRORISM -- PENTAGON TO GIVE DETAINEES GENEVA PROTECTIONS: The Financial Times reports today that "Gordon England, deputy defence secretary, sent a memo to senior defence officials and military officers last Friday, telling them that Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions - which prohibits inhumane treatment of prisoners and requires certain basic legal rights at trial - would apply to all detainees held in US military custody." The move represents a "major policy shift" away from the Bush administration policy of withholding these protections from "enemy combatants." "In the wake of the Supreme Court decision, legal experts had disagreed about whether the ruling meant that Geneva protections should be given to only those detainees brought before the military commissions, or to all detainees held at Guantanamo Bay and other US military detention facilities around the world. That question now appears moot in light of the Pentagon move." Later this week, senior military lawyers, who "found their objections brushed aside" in the initial aftermath of 9/11, "will get a public hearing as Congress takes up the question of whether to resurrect the tribunals." "We’re at a crossroads now," said John Hutson, the Navy's former top uniformed lawyer. "We can finally get on the right side of the law and have a system that will pass Supreme Court and international scrutiny."