World News – Torture & Gitmo Round-Up – Uighurs, British Cops Waterboard, Law Lords, ACLU and Abu Dhabi
World News – Torture & Gitmo Round-Up
The US State Department in its Daily briefing refused to confirm that the Government of Palau has agreed to take some 17 or so Uighur inmates of the US Guantanamo prison-camp, despite statements released by the President of Palau to the Associated Press, and picked up by news agencies around the world, including the lead story in German Der Spiegel – where the very conservative Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble has been making a point of being holier-than-thou to the distressed Obama administration regarding due process and the rule of law.
The Associated Press reports separately that:
‘Britain’s Independent Police Complaints Commission says an investigation is under way into brutality allegations against six police officers. But the commission is refusing to confirm British media reports that officers are alleged to have used a variation of the torture technique known as waterboarding.’ Continued.
The British Guardian Reports today that:
‘The law lords have dealt a major blow to the government’s controversial use of control orders on terror suspects, saying that reliance on secret evidence denies them a fair trial. The nine-judge panel led by Lord Philips of Worth Matravers, the senior law lord, upheld a challenge [PDF] on behalf of three men on control orders who cannot be named. The orders have not been quashed but the law lords have ordered that the cases be heard again.’
More of the Guardian Report and a PDF of the Law Lords’ opinion.
Anna Schecter at ABC has a detailed story about the ACLU complaint filed for the US Citizen Naji Hamdan, who says he was beaten until losing consciousness in an Abu Dhabi prison in the United Arab Emirates, at the behest of the US Government. Commentary on the article suggests CIA and not FBI involvement.