Sunday, January 13, 2008

Guantanamo Employees Above The Law

U.S. appeals court dismisses Guantanamo torture suit | Politics | Reuters
The appeals court cited a lack of jurisdiction over the lawsuit, ruled the defendants enjoyed qualified immunity for acts taken within the scope of their government jobs and held the religious right law did not apply to the detainees.
This is the new trend. Four Brits have tried to sue for abuse, assault, torture, breach of religious rights etc, and the court case - rather than concluding that none of this happened - has thrown out the case because the defendants enjoy "qualified immunity". This means they can do anything they want and can't even be taken to court for it because they are above the law. Some would call that a dangerous precedent...

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