Jonathan Fryer

Writer, Lecturer, Broadcaster and Liberal Democrat Politician

Adios Guantanamo

Posted by jonathanfryer on Friday, 6th February, 2009

The last remaining trial at the US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay has been halted, marking the end of a chapter in the disgraceful saga of Camp Delta. There are still a reported 250 detainees in custody there and the Obama administration has warned that it might take a year to close the facility down, as negotiations proceed about the dispersal of the inmates to the United States or to other countries willing to take them, or in some cases back home. I am confident history will judge the whole Guantanamo affair as one of the most damning indictments of the George W Bush presidency. Prisoners were often transferred there by the process known as ‘extraordinary rendition’, after torture in various parts of the world, with the connivance of several countries that ought to have known better and in the face of only muted protest from European governments, including Britain’s, which are meant to champion the values of justice, transparency and a respect for human rights. Liberal Democrats, including London MEP Sarah Ludford in the European Parliament, spoke out repeatedly against the illegal and inhuman aspects to the whole Camp Delta phenomenon. The US authorities repeatedly tried to obstruct the full truth coming out, as is still the case with the remaining British-based detainee, Binyam Mohamed. It is important that the quest for truth continues and that nothing like Guantanamo Bay is allowed to happen again.

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One Response to “Adios Guantanamo”

  1. Tristan said

    Unfortunately the same cannot be said of the US’s other prisons around the world and rendition.

    Obama has expanded rendition.

    Guantanamo going is good, but replacing it with even less obvious, more secretive prisons and processes is not (except from a poltician’s point of view where it helps).

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