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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Human Rights: U.S. Military Whistleblower


blows the whistle. The Independent tells us (although, curiously, neither the NYT nor the WaPoo mention it) that an Army major, a member of the military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay, has made a scathing attack on the secret trials and the process in which he has participated. He particularly described the detention of one prisoner, a hospital administrator from Sudan, as "unconscionable".

His critique will be the centrepiece of a hearing on 5 December before the US Supreme Court when another attempt is made to shut the prison down. So nervous is the Bush administration of the latest attack – and another Supreme Court ruling against it – that it is preparing a whole new system of military courts to deal with those still imprisoned.

Michael Ratner, president of CCR (Centre for Constitutional Rights), stated:
"Stalin had show trials, but at Guantanamo they are not even show trials because it all takes place in secret."
Yup. That's Bush's legacy. We're now on a par with Stalin. A monster if there ever was one. You might remember Mr. Ratner from yesterday's blog post about Rummy being slapped with a lawsuit for condoning torture of people detained by the U.S.

Read the whole story. And Mitt Romney wants to double Guantanamo? Is he talking through his hol(e)y underwear?

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