The policy is outlined in a new Defense Department memo that White House spokesman Tony Snow says reflects a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision invalidating military tribunals set up to try terror suspects.
In that decision, the court also said a key provision of the Geneva Conventions, which guarantees basic human rights, also applies to suspected terrorists.
Bush had previously said terror suspects held in Guantanamo were "illegal combatants" and were therefore not subject to the Geneva Conventions' provisions on the treatment of prisoners of war.
Snow insisted that all U.S. detainees have been treated humanely and said the memo was not a reversal of policy.
("The New York Times," AP)