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War On Terror: Briefs Defend Guantanomo Bay Speedos

by | 14th, September 2007

guantanamo-bay.jpg THE Independent gets beneath the burka on the War on Terror.

And readers are introduced to “the case of the Guantanamo lawyer, the detainees and the illegal pair of paints”.

Lawyers, we learn, have been pressing the US Government for evidence against their clients. In response, commanders at Guantanamo Bay have written to the briefs.

The allegation is: inmates are accused of wearing contraband underpants and swimming trunks. And not just any swimming trunks but Speedos, the budgie smugglers adored by Olympic swimmers and men of a certain vintage in Italian beaches.

And the US wants to know who has supplied these pants. It is a matter of no little urgency.

Astonishingly, this makes news in the paper’s main section and not in a Sunday supplement, in which the Indy’s fashion editor looks at what the terror suspect is wearing under his orange overalls this year.

Beneath The Veiled Threats

But this is a criminal matter. And the US is pointing the finger at Clive Stafford Smith, legal director of human rights groups Reprieve (champions of feely moving boxer shorts), and one of his associates within the group.

Under US law it is a criminal offence to bring any “illicit item” into prison. Underwear is banned. Speedos may represent a breach of a prisoner’s human rights.

As the judge advocate notes in a missive to Mr Smith: “Your client Shaker Aamer… was recently discovered to be wearing Under Armor briefs and a Speedo bathing suit…We are investigating the matter

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