Thursday, December 18, 2003

Surprise, surprise

The first civillian lawyer to visit his client in Guantanamo has told the BBC that there are different standards of justice depending on the prisoner's nationality:

"I see a great destruction of what I would call the rule of law, that people should be treated equally before the law, that they should have the same standard of justice," he said.

"This is a case where the standard of justice seems to have different layers, one for the Americans, there may be another one for the British, there is certainly a different one for Australian - less than the American - and the rest of them in the camp... they weren't [part of] the allies' camp is their rationale and they will get a lesser standard than what the Australians will."

One rule for Americans, and another for everyone else - now there's a surprise.

Unfortunately, the US insists that lawyers sign gag orders preventing them from talking about what they see in the gulag, so I don't expect that he'll be allowed back.