6,712. 5/18/2006

The UN’s Committee Against Torture “issued a May [18] 2006 report demanding that the Guantanamo Bay facility be closed. This committee, established to monitor compliance with CAT [Convention Against Torture], was ‘concerned that detainees are held for protracted periods’ and lack ‘legal safeguards’ and ‘judicial assessment of the justification of their detention.’ It also claimed that detaining al Qaeda without access by the ICRC [International Committee for the Red Cross] was a violation of the antitorture treaty. The CAT does not cover the detention of enemy combatants–the laws of war do, and they have long allowed for detention without judicial review.”

 – John Yoo, War By Other Means, Pages 173-174

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