Archbishop Denounces USA

Archbishop Sentamu

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has launched a passionate attack on President George Bush, saying his administration’s refusal to close the notorious Guantanamo Bay camp reflected “a society that is heading towards George Orwell’s Animal Farm”.

“The US should try all 500 detainees at Guantanamo, who still include eight British residents, or free them without further delay. To hold someone for up to four years without charge clearly indicates a society that is heading towards George Orwell’s Animal Farm.”

The Government has already managed to secure the release, in March 2004, of the four British nationals who were detained at Guantanamo ­ Moazzam Begg, Feroz Abbasi, Martin Mubanga and Richard Belmar ­ although only after guarantees they would be constantly monitored and face an investigation to ascertain whether they can be charged in this country.

Washington had claimed all four were “enemy combatants” who trained at camps run by al-Qa’ida. But they were released after UK police concluded there was not enough evidence to charge them with any offence. The men said they had been tortured at Guantanamo, allegations the US denied.
(Source: The Independent)

Yet another independent voice speaks out against America’s war crimes. Sentamu is making simple, moral points that any civilised person would easily understand. But these points are apparently beyond the US government.

What legal right has the USA to hold these innocent civilians? None. They have no evidence, have brought no charges after four years.

But the neo-Nazis who now run the US government see no problem with that. They only have one law: might makes right. Which translates as ‘we’ll do what the hell we want, when we want.’ They ignore any law that is inconvenient to their programme of never-ending war and terror. But don’t take my word for it, here’s what Donald Rumsfeld said about the Kofi Annan’s call for closure of Guantanamo:

“He’s just flat wrong. We shouldn’t close Guantanamo,” he said. ” We have several hundred terrorists, bad people, people who if they went back out on the field would try to kill Americans … To close that place and pretend that really there’s no problem just isn’t realistic.”
(Source: The Independent)

Notice how Rumsfeld calls these people terrorists despite having not one atom of evidence, let alone having properly tried any of the prisoners.

That’s the American Way now: no evidence, no proof, no charges, no trial. You are simply disappeared to one of their gulags, where you will be tortured and abused till you die or go insane.

I’ll leave the last words to Sentamu:

“The American Government is breaking international law,” he told The Independent. “The main building block of a democratic society is that everyone is equal before the law, innocent until proved otherwise, and has the right to legal representation. If the guilt of the prisoners in Guantanamo Bay is beyond doubt, why are the Americans afraid to bring them to trial? Transparency and accountability are the other side of the coin of freedom and responsibility. We are all accountable for our actions in spite of circumstances. The events of 9/11 cannot erase the rule of law and international obligations.”
(Source: The Independent)