According to a story in today's online version of the New York Times,
Advocates of that approach, who include some Defense and State Department officials and senior military lawyers, contend that moving the military's detention policies closer to international law would prevent further abuses and build support overseas for the fight against Islamic extremists...(Emphasis mine)
Sarcasm aside, this is both rational and commendable. Our country had an overwhelming outpouring of empathy and sympathy from the combined nations of the world right up until Halliburton Inc, er, BushCo, decided to take out their nasty little co-creation in Iraq.
The fact that it hasn't always been this Admin's rule of thumb doesn't mean that it always has to ignore the rule of Law.
Ooops... I guess when it comes to the Chimperor's agenda, I've got to be extra diligent keepin' the sarcasm off.