28 Oct. 2007

Gitmo: The Clincher

For anyone (like the PM) who still pretends the Gitmo hearings were not a farce, this has gotta be the clincher: scathing criticism from a US military lawyer who actually served on dozens of Gitmo tribunals.
The whistleblower, an army major inside the military court system which the United States has established at Guantanamo Bay, has 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.