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Friday, March 03, 2006

Something happening

Being a BBC-holic* does have its perks - have a look at this story:

"A court in the US has been asked to ban the practice of force-feeding detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
The action is the first test for a new law explicitly outlawing torture of terrorism suspects, which President George W Bush signed in December."

It is, as the article says, a "shot in the dark", but if it succeeds it could get to be quite important, and obviously would open the door for more court cases and a more open investigation of Guatánamo.

There has been much criticism already of course, from a whole range of sources, Amnesty, the UN, etc., but it is great to see that the US legal system is being used to fight the situation as it stands. It seems the most appropriate and meaningful way to question torture practices in what is, after all, one more American prison.

*I trust the BBC to the point where I don't check as much other news as I should. They resisted enormous pressure by the Blair government (which has a hand in the BBC funding) over their reporting on Iraq, and generally ask all those questions that need to be asked.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was a nice idea, wasn't it? We'd proclaim, in written law, that we wouldn't torture people, and regain some measure of spoiled morality. Yeah, it's not going to happen:

Bush administration lawyers, fighting a claim of torture by a Guantanamo Bay detainee, yesterday argued that the new law that bans cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of detainees in U.S. custody does not apply to people held at the military prison.

and later on:

"Unfortunately, I think the government's right; it's a correct reading of the law," said Tom Malinowski, Washington advocacy director for Human Rights Watch. "The law says you can't torture detainees at Guantanamo, but it also says you can't enforce that law in the courts."


Friday, March 03, 2006 8:42:00 AM  
Blogger TDEC said...

Oh that is depressing. By all means let's have laws which we can't apply in the cases where it matters.

Friday, March 03, 2006 9:10:00 AM  
Blogger Drek said...

Seriously, we haven't had an administration with this attitude towards the courts since Andrew Jackson.

Friday, March 03, 2006 10:20:00 AM  

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