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cal04 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 01:07 PM
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Beckett slams Guantanamo Bay
Edited on Thu Oct-12-06 01:09 PM by cal04
Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett launched one of the government's sharpest attacks on Guantanamo Bay on Thursday, saying the U.S. prison camp was ineffective and damaging.

"The continuing detention without fair trial of prisoners is unacceptable in terms of human rights. But it is also ineffective in terms of counter-terrorism," Beckett said at the launch of her department's annual human rights report.

It is widely argued now that the existence of the camp is as much a radicalising and discrediting influence as it is a safeguard to security," she added.

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Beckett's comments are among the strongest condemnations of Guantanamo by a senior minister in Prime Minister Tony Blair's government, U.S. President George W. Bush's staunchest ally in the Iraq war.





http://news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=1513512006
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yellerpup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 01:09 PM
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1. Beckett and Falconer are correct
What does that make GWB (besides a torturer)? K&R :kick:
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Supersedeas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 02:18 PM
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2. and the US Media says: What? Nothing to see here...move right along
Sports and Weather anyone?
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cal04 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 08:26 PM
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3. US releases 17 more Guantanamo detainees
Another 17 detainees have been released from Guantanamo Bay as calls continue to mount for the closure of the detention facility.

The United States military has released 16 Afghan detainees and one Iranian captive after deeming them to be no longer a security threat.

Several of the Afghan men claim they were abused while in US custody.

The move came as British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett called for Guantanamo Bay to be closed, saying the continued detention of people without a fair trial is a breach of human rights.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200610/s1763792.ht...
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