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Posted by on Jun 21, 2016 in Law, Military, Terrorism, War | 1 comment

Your frightening human rights abuses (and mine)

Guantanamo Camp Echo cell and shower

Guantanamo Camp Echo cell and shower

Of course, you have a lot more to answer for if you’re a Republican. You own Guantanamo.

“What is the moral superiority of the United States of America if we torture prisoners?” Mr. McCain said shortly before the election. Mr. Obama vowed to shut down the prison during his first year in office, calling it a legal and moral abomination. …NYT

Okay. John McCain. But that’s about all.

Fortunately, there is a way for Obama to follow through on his promise or at least get the Republican abuses out in the open and on their record. The fight is on to give United Nations’ investigator and “rapporteur,” Juan Méndez, inside the prison to document the treatment of prisoners.

The defense team of Ammar al-Baluchi, one of the detainees at Guantánamo who is being tried in connection with the 9/11 attacks, filed a motion in May asking the military commission to allow him to meet with Mr. Méndez. Thomas Pickering, a veteran diplomat who has served as ambassador to Russia, India and the United Nations in Republican and Democratic administrations, has filed a memorandum supporting this request. Mr. Pickering wrote that recent reports of “heavy-handed and even brutal force-feedings, indifferent medical care, unacceptably cold stainless steel cells, indefinite solitary confinement” at Guantánamo may constitute violations of the Geneva Conventions and the Convention Against Torture. The United States is a signatory of both. …NYT

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  • The Ohioan

    The Obama Administration would do better to let the AG release the information already on file from the federal grand jury investigation led by Special Prosecutor John H. Durham and pursue further prosecutions, if warranted, than to have an international investigator involved.

    The AG and the administration are at odds about how to proceed, but proceed they must if an international arbiter is not to become involved.

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