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This is quite a bizzare story. I would not have thought it possible, in this day and age. Too easy to dope up the prisoners, slap them into a C5 plane, and off they go. But that is a visible means of transport - on a ship, little to no notice of what goes on there. I hope this story is followed up.


The USS Bataan is being used as a prison ship to keep prisoners outside of the jurisdiction of the Geneva Convention? I guess irony is alive and well. Go McCain!

Mikey in Plano

Clive Stafford Smith: "By its own admission, the US government is currently detaining at least 26,000 people without trial in secret prisons, and information suggests up to 80,000 have been 'through the system' since 2001. The US government must show a commitment to rights and basic humanity by immediately revealing who these people are, where they are, and what has been done to them."


What surprises me about this is that the US would go to such lengths to try to avoid further scrutiny of its detainee policy. Not consistent with the Bush Administration's history of brazen human rights abuses. Are we entering an era of a new respect to rule of law? As they say, trying to hide your atrocities is the tribute vice pays to virtue.

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