No Checks, No Balances

From the NYTimes

The lead plaintiff is Binyam Mohamed, an Ethiopian citizen and legal resident of Britain who was arrested in Pakistan in 2002. He claimed he was turned over to the C.I.A., which flew him to Morocco and handed him off to its security service.

Moroccan interrogators, he said, held him for 18 months and subjected him to an array of tortures, including cutting his penis with a scalpel and then pouring a hot, stinging liquid on the open wounds.

Mr. Mohamed was later transferred back to the C.I.A., which he said flew him to its secret prison in Afghanistan. There, he said, he was held in continuous darkness, fed sparsely and subjected to loud noise – like the recorded screams of women and children – 24 hours a day.

He was later transferred again to the military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, where he was held for an additional five years. He was released and returned to Britain in early 2009 and is now free.

and from the court's response:

First, that the judicial branch may have deferred to the
executive branch’s claim of privilege in the interest of
national security does not preclude the government from honoring
the fundamental principles of justice.

Oh that's nice the U.S. government is not precluded from honoring the fundamental principles of justice. Tell me, what government ever was?


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