[JURIST] The Pentagon Friday released a draft instruction listing and defining violations of the laws of war and other offenses which it considers triable by military commission. The offense categories include terrorism, hijacking, "employing poisons and analogous weapons," using protected persons or property as shields, rape and spying. The instruction also includes detailed definitions of command responsibility. Read the DoD press release, review the Military Commission Instruction [PDF text], and peruse a transcript of a Department of Defense background briefing by two unnamed officials from the DoD Office of General Counsel. The Department of Defense invites public comment on the draft instruction: comments should be faxed to the Office of General Counsel at (703) 614-4432.