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May 25, 2004


Bisher al-Rawi and Jamil al-Banna, legal residents of the UK, were arrested in the Gambia, November 2002, detained for a month by the local police, handed over to US agents and flown to Bagram Airbase in December 2002, detained in Afghanistan for three or four months until their were flown to Guantanamo Bay in March 2003. cite

They are still being held in Guantanamo Bay, claimed to be "enemy combatants", and though they have been in US custody for nearly 18 months, no charge has been brought against either of them, and their families have not been notified what they are accused of. (Beyond, that is, "flying while Muslim.") Shamefully, the UK government appears not to be pressing for their release, because they are not British nationals: the UK claims that only their country of birth can assist them. (This may be an example of "dry British wit": Bisher al-Rawi is an Iraqi refugee.)

It's hard to see how any of this could possibly be legal. The US government is getting away with kidnapping "suspects" and holding them without charge because it can - neither more nor less.


Kerry's blog seems rather accepting of posts from any supporter. I posted my piece highly critical of Kerry's New York non-campaign. Why don't you start posting your Maher Arar commentary there? If you prefer, I will post relevant messages from your blog there. I don't mind pretending I am Katherine R:)


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