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During Peacetime There May Be Binding Agreements

5. As there is no reason to sign any form of document in peacetime, prisoners shall avoid signing a document or making a statement, orally or otherwise. When a prisoner is forced to make a statement or sign documents, he must provide as little information as possible and continue to object to the best of his ability. If a prisoner writes or signs something, such an action should be judged by how it is directed to the United States and the person as a member of the military, or how it could be misused by the prisoner to further the prisoner`s goals. Regardless of the type of imprisonment or captivity or the harshness of the treatment, U.S. military personnel will maintain their military position. They should do everything in their power to remain calm and polite and project personal dignity. This is especially important during the capture process and the early stages of internment, if the kidnapper cannot be sure of his control over the prisoners. In peacetime, full protection of the Geneva Conventions is not necessary.

When applying Article 2 of the CoC, lone staff should take this into account in this situation. 2. Survival in some terrorist detention centres may depend on the fact that hostages provide kidnappers with obvious personal dignity and sincerity. The hostages cannot therefore discuss substantive issues such as sports, family and clothing, in order to convey to the terrorist the personal dignity and human qualities of the prisoner. They will do everything in their power not to embarrass the United States and the host government. The purpose of this dialogue is that in the eyes of the kidnapper, the hostage becomes a “person” and not just a symbol of his ideological hatred. Such a dialogue should strengthen the hostage`s determination to survive and resist. A hostage can also actively listen to the terrorist`s beliefs about his cause, but he should never talk to him, praise him, participate in it or discuss it. The capture of terrorists is usually the least predictable and structured form of captivity in peacetime. The kidnapper is considered an international criminal. Possible forms of captivity range from spontaneous abduction to carefully planned abduction. In such prisons, hostages play a more important role in determining their own fate, since in many cases terrorists do not expect or receive any reward for good treatment or the unharmed release of victims.

If the U.S. military does not know if the kidnappers are real terrorists or government substitutes, they should consider them terrorists. 6. Prisoners cannot win their release by working together. Liberation is achieved by the fact that the member of the army does his best to resist exploitation, thereby reducing his value to a prisoner and thus prompting an enemy government to negotiate seriously with the U.S. government. The Code of Conduct is a moral guide intended to support military personnel in the struggle or in prisoners of war in order to meet the ideals contained in DoD policy. The guidelines in this section are intended to assist U.S. military personnel isolated from U.S.

control in peacetime or in a situation not specifically listed in the Code of Conduct. In groups, in captivity or in hostage situations, military detainees, prisoners or hostages organize themselves as far as possible militarily among the senior military official present and commander. The importance of such an organization cannot be overesenced. Historically, the establishment of a military chain of command, both in peacetime and in wartime, has been an enormous source of strength for all prisoners. Every effort is made to establish and maintain communication with other prisoners, prisoners or hostages. . . .