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The laws of war provide no authority for Guantànamo Bay

By Anthony Dworkin   April 2004

As the US supreme court prepares to rule on the Guantànamo Bay detention regime, US officials are doing what they can to make it look respectable. They have accelerated the release of detainees who are judged to pose no threat – including the five Britons who arrived home in March. The US government has also announced plans to hold annual parole board-type reviews for the captives who remain, and has made limited reforms to the military commissions that will try some of them. There is also a new public relations effort to remind us why the continued detention of these…

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