13 Feb

UN Inquiry Demands Immediate Closure of Guantanamo

UN inquiry demands immediate closure of Guantanamo



Taken from this article in the Telegraph
A United Nations inquiry has called for the immediate closure of America’s Guantanamo Bay detention centre and the prosecution of officers and politicians “up to the highest level” who are accused of torturing detainees.
The UN Human Rights Commission report, due to be published this week, concludes that Washington should put the 520 detainees on trial or release them.
It calls for the United States to halt all “practices amounting to torture”, including the force-feeding of inmates who go on hunger strike.
The report wants the Bush administration to ensure that all allegations of torture are investigated by US criminal courts, and that “all perpetrators up to the highest level of military and political command are brought to justice”.
It does not specify who it means by “political command” but logically this would include President George W Bush.
The demands are contained in the final report of the commission’s working group on arbitrary detention, which will be presented at its Geneva headquarters in the next few days. A copy of the report has been obtained exclusively by The Daily Telegraph.
The report is bound to intensify the already strained relations between the US and the UN over the Iraq war.
Washington officials yesterday denounced it as “a hatchet job” when informed of the contents by this newspaper.
“This shows precisely what is wrong with the United Nations today,” said a senior official. “These people are supposed to be undertaking a serious investigation of the facts relating to Guantanamo.
“Instead, they deliver a report with a bunch of old allegations from lawyers representing released detainees that are so generalised that you cannot even tell what they are talking about.
“When the UN produces an unprofessional hatchet job like this it discredits the whole organisation.”

Wild Thing’s comment…….
The UN has no credibility to demand anything from the United States, Period! The only Cuban jail the UN is worried about is the only one run by Americans.

RightToCarry says:

Bah, How come the UN didn’t get all huffy when we released Gitmo detainees to the French in 2004? As soon as these “suspected terrorists” stepped on French soil, they were taken to a military prison where they can be held, questioned, and tortured, for up to three years without charges being made…. WTF? “F” the UN!

Wild Thing says:

I agree RightToCarry!!! Thank you for commenting and it is exactly how you said!!

Rhod says:

I take the contrarian view, although not the position of the UN cess pool.
Guantanamo is an expensive PR mess, and has been since the beginning. I know I’ve mentioned my son’s connection with the place, but what started as an Intel operation rapidly descended into a super-expensive humanitarian operation for human trash.
It’s a humiliating duty station, and teaches us two lessons. Never do a good deed for an animal who has no conception of it, or who will use it against you. And two, never expect leftists to take the side of goodness and decency, because it isn’t in their souls.
From the beginning, a possible “detainee” should have been killed outright regardless of age or suspicion, or turned over to local friendlies to have information carved out of them. Period.
Instead, we run expensive flights in and out of the zones, halfway across the world, to bring a few dozen or a few hundred of these bastards to a blue-water paradise, so they can throw urine and feces on our soldiers. This is madness.
The administration’s stubborness in keeping this dumping ground open is a scandal. It allows degenerates at the UN and elsewhere to score propaganda points while stroking Islamists, and at the same time insults the soldiers who serve there. End it, and start killing the enemy again. That’s the only long-term solution. The best example is David Hicks. He’s been there for over four years. Why? Send him back to the gallows in Australia and stop feeding him shrimp cocktails. This drives me nuts.

Wild Thing says:

Rhod I agree !!!!
You said it perfectly!!!!
And this is also exactly how I feel………“From the beginning, a possible “detainee” should have been killed outright regardless of age or suspicion, or turned over to local friendlies to have information carved out of them. Period.”………
Thank you so much for your comment.