‘Bizarre reality’: torture evidence withheld from Obama

‘A prominent British-American lawyer who represents an Ethiopian-born Guantánamo detainee is charging that U.S. Defense Department officials are intentionally concealing evidence of his client’s rendition and torture from President Barack Obama. In the letter to the president, Stafford Smith urges Obama to be aware of the “bizarre reality” of the situation. “You, as commander in chief, are being denied access to material that would help prove that crimes have been committed by U.S. personnel. This decision is being made by the very people who you command.”‘
There is a separate case in Britain concerning the same individual – Binyam Mohamed – and ‘British Lord Justice Thomas and Mr. Justice Lloyd Jones stated repeatedly that [Foreign] Secretary [David] Miliband claimed the U.S. had threatened to stop sharing intelligence with Britain if information relating to Mohamed’s alleged torture was disclosed.’
Full story: ‘Rendition Case Enters “Bizarre” Realms of Secrecy’ – William Fisher, IPS News.
Update: The Irish Times: UK officials to visit Guantánamo prisoner

Barry Kavanagh writes fiction, and has made music, formerly with Dacianos.

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