As Deacon Blues notes in his piece, the violation of civil liberties has got to go. Another example comes from Scott Horton who noted that (*amazingly*), the anonymous “Department of Defense Privilege Review Team” decided the President did not have sufficient clearance to read the request sent to him by the lawyers of Binyam Mohamed and that the lawyers who dared to send it to him should face jail for disclosing secret information.
Lawyers for Binyam Mohamed face the incredible prospect of a six-month jail sentence in America after writing a letter to President Obama detailing their client’s allegations of torture by US agents. The privilege review team–officials from the US department of defence who monitor and censor communication between Guantánamo prisoners and their lawyers–have previously been accused of using their powers to suppress evidence of the abuse and mistreatment of detainees. Clive Stafford Smith, director of legal charity Reprieve, and his colleague Ahmed Ghappour have been summoned to appear before a Washington court on May 11 after a complaint was made by the privilege review team.
When do we get our Constitution back?