They just got a different tool to use than we do: They kill innocent lives to achieve objectives. That's what they do. And they're good. They get on the TV screens and they get people to ask questions about, well, you know, this, that or the other. I mean, they're able to kind of say to people: Don't come and bother us, because we will kill you. Bush - Joint News Conference with Blair - 28 July '06

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Court go-ahead for Guantanamo three

Spotted by Logical Voice - icberkshire: Three British residents detained by the US at Guantanamo Bay have been given the go-ahead to seek a High Court order requiring Foreign Secretary Jack Straw to petition for their release.

A judge in London said allegations of torture being practised at the detention facility in Cuba meant the detainees, and their families living in the UK, had an arguable case that the British Government was under an obligation to act on their behalf.

Mr Justice Collins stressed his decision was "no guarantee" that the three men, Bisher al-Rawi, Jamil el-Banna and Omar Deghayes, and their families, would win their case - there were formidable arguments against it. [db: No arguments against 'shit or get off the pot' judge - try them or set them free]

The judge's decision came after a day-long hearing during which he commented that America's idea of what constituted torture "is not the same as ours and doesn't appear to coincide with that of most civilised countries".

His remarks coincided with a UN report which urged that the Guantanamo facility should be shut down and called on the US Government to refrain from any practice "amounting to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment". Link