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British Residents Of Guantanamo Return

by | 8th, August 2007

BRONWEN Maddox loosk at the Government’s decision to ask the US to send back five former British residents held at Guantanamo Bay is the right one

Why the change? The Government says it has shifted position because the US is now taking steps to shrink Guantanamo. But to claim a victory of principle in this way is misleading. It would be more accurate to say that the US has called Britain’s bluff.
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For two years a series of ministers, culminating in Blair himself, criticised Guantanamo for offending shared values, including the rule of law and the right to a fair trial. They were on good ground on the three points that have made Guantanamo so contentious internationally: the lack of adequate means of distinguishing suspects from ordinary people scooped up near a battlefield; indefinite detention without

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