A British Judge denounces the US position on torture as "not the same as ours" and states it "does not appear to coincide with that of most civilised nations" as the US dismisses a UN report calling for the closure of Guantanamo Bay as a "rehash of allegations."
Following on the heels of the White House rejection of the UN report, as well as the release of previously unpublished images from Abu Ghraib, the Iraqi Human Rights Minister called for "all Iraqi inmates at prisons run by the US-led coalition to be handed over to the Iraqi government," according to the Guardian .
A British Cabinet Minister is also calling for closure of the Cuban prison, where nearly 500 prisoners are still being held without charge as ''enemy combatants." British leaders have been criticizing US actions in Cuba since the summer of 2004.
In the four year imprisonment, "only nine detainees have had their cases reviewed by a military commission, whose validity is still being considered by the US Supreme Court," the Boston Globe reported. The Supreme Court hears one case Friday.
"Chilling and depraved"
The conservative Financial Times reports on the release — against White House objections — of new "chilling and depraved" photos and video of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib. The images are from the same 2003 CD as those which were released in 2004; various groups have been trying to get the Bush Administration to release these images, without success.
The Financial Times observes that "Bush administration's spokesmen and apologists [offer] ... variants of ... how Saddam Hussein's regime was guilty of so much worse. This defensive moral comparison misses the point, unless those making it wish - as many Iraqis and Arabs are doing - to compare the world's leading democracy to one of the vilest tyrants of modern times."
The Financial Times is headquartered in the UK, the most loyal US ally in our Middle East adventure.
It's doubtful you've heard much about this in the US. The new video and photos were first published in Australia (another ally nation) but were reportedly only carried in the US on ABC.