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Terror Detentions and the Rule of LawUS and UK Perspectives$
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Robert H. Wagstaff

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199301553

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199301553.001.0001

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The Precipitating Events

The Precipitating Events

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(p.1) 1 The Precipitating Events
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Terror Detentions and the Rule of Law
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Robert H. Wagstaff

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199301553.003.0001

This chapter describes the September 11, 2001 US terror attacks, the July 7, 2005 London terror bombings, and the sequelae of government action. It describes the perversion of leadership in the US from arrest without probable cause to indefinite detention without charge and outright torture, the creation of a legal ‘black hole’ (Guantanamo), and the presumption of guilt with a pronouncement by President Bush that the Guantanamo detainees represent the ‘worst of the worst’. The UK Blair government implemented the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act which provided for arrest of aliens upon suspicion and indefinite detention at Belmarsh Prison. The war crimes of abuse and torture were officially sanctioned at the highest level of government in the US, approved by a compliant Department of Justice which perverted both its responsibilities and the law, and the UK acquiesced. The US took off the gloves and the UK held them.

Keywords:   indefinite detention, torture, Guantanamo, Belmarsh Prison, terror attacks 9/11, London terror Bombings 2005, war crimes, George Bush, Tony Blair

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