US Court Of Appeals: Genital Searches Of Guantanamo Inmates Can Continue

The Obama administration had appealed a ruling of a federal judge who called the practice "religiously and culturally abhorrent."
By |
Be Sociable, Share!
    • Google+

    The government can continue genital searches of inmates at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba, the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled.

    The Obama administration, which considers the genital searches essential to security at Guantanamo, had appealed a ruling of a federal judge who called the practice “religiously and culturally abhorrent.”

    District Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth last week ordered Guantanamo guards to stop using their hands to conduct groin and anal area searches.

    Typically, detainees were frisked on their way to meetings or phone calls with lawyers, and upon returning to their cells.

    The detainees’ attorneys said that some detainees opted to forgo legal counsel in order to avoid the full body inspections they considered so disrespectful towards their religion.

    In his ruling last week, Lamberth concluded that the motivation for the searches is not to enhance security but to deter the detainees’ access to attorneys.

    Lamberth ordered that guards revert to a previously used method — shaking detainees’ pants to dislodge any contraband.

    On Wednesday, the appeals court granted a temporary delay in enforcing the ban, giving the administration time to mount a full appeal.

    This article originally was published at Global Post.

    Be Sociable, Share!

    Stories published in our Hot Topics section are chosen based on the interest of our readers. They are republished from a number of sources, and are not produced by MintPress News. The views expressed in these articles are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Mint Press News editorial policy.


    Print This Story Print This Story
    You Might Also Like  
    This entry was posted in Daily Digest, Foreign Affairs and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.