Friday, December 09, 2005

US blocks Red Cross access to terror suspects

The US has admitted for the first time that it has not given the Red Cross access to all detainees in its custody. The state department's top legal adviser, John Bellinger, made the admission but gave no details about where such prisoners were held.




Correspondents say the revelation is only likely to increase suspicion that the CIA has been operating secret prisons out of international oversight.

The issue has dogged Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's tour to Europe.

Mr Bellinger made the admission in Geneva.


He stated that the group International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) had access to "absolutely everybody" at the prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, which holds suspects detained during the US war on terror.

When asked by journalists if the organisation had access to everybody held in similar circumstances elsewhere, he said: "No". He declined to explain further.

Until now the US administration has been careful in its language, says the BBC's state department correspondent Jonathan Beale.

It has always said that the ICRC has access to all prisoners held at US defence department facilities - leaving open the question of whether there are CIA prisons elsewhere.

Mr Bellinger's comments will raise suspicions that high-profile terrorist suspects are being held out of international view, our correspondent says.

Source BBC

7 Comments:

Blogger Hype said...

law... they are the law..

well, not for much longer...

-Hype

December 09, 2005 9:35 pm  
Blogger G_in_AL said...

lol... dude, are you like 9th grade? I am just asking, because it seems like you have no memory of anything over the last 5 years, and you have no concept of history, the constitution, bill of rights, or much else for that matter.

December 10, 2005 1:32 pm  
Blogger _H_ said...

rather then argue with hype G , why not tell me what aspect of the constitution , bill of rights or much else prevents this being iligal ?

December 10, 2005 9:35 pm  
Blogger Hype said...

where is your memory of the last 5 years?

election fraud
major corruption effort by the GOP
Enron
911
Afganistan
Iraq
people who work in the white house are indicted for outing a CIA agent
the list goes on and on..

Where have you been? Because it seems you have had your head up your ass for the last 5 years.

-Hype

December 13, 2005 5:50 pm  
Blogger DJEB said...

That was a "figurative measure," boys. Not meant to be taken seriously, let alone read.

December 14, 2005 6:08 pm  
Blogger _H_ said...

LOL are you implying that G uses some form symbolic method of expressing his view of the world that has very little (if any) base in the world we know

Welcome to the club Djeb , it seems you have met our 'G'

December 14, 2005 11:50 pm  
Blogger DJEB said...

It also has very little, if any, to do with what he actually wants to say, apparently.

December 15, 2005 2:37 am  

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