Monday, June 25, 2007

Closing Guantanamo?

The New York Times reported over the weekend that the White House is close to closing Guantanamo. Here's hoping. At the same time, we should remember that the problem with Guantanamo isn't the camp itself, but the legal environment those detained there are subject to - a legal environment which allows people to be detained arbitrarily and indefinitely on "evidence" which is charitably described as "laughable", subjected to a Kafkaesque mockery of the judicial process, abused and even tortured, in violation of international law. Merely closing the camp and moving the prisoners elsewhere without changing that legal environment would simply be perpetuating the problem, not ending it. Instead, the US must not only close Guantanamo, but end the "legal black hole" by ensuring that its prisoners are either charged with a recognisable crime and prosecuted before a fair and independent court under normal standards of evidence, or released.


I notice you have a link on your blog to a website promoting a folotilla to Guantanamo...

Somehow I cannot imagine the US Navy taking kindly to a flotilla of ragtag yachts sailing up one of its most heavily fortified bases....

Brendon "Millsy" Mills

Posted by Anonymous : 6/27/2007 10:17:00 AM