Hunting for the Snark*

*With apologies to Lewis Carroll

A U.S. federal appeals court judgment has highlighted some of the most ridiculous claims of the government in the trials of the people unjustly rendered, detained and imprisoned at that bastion of American freedom and justice known as Guantanamo.

…a three-judge panel said the government contended that its accusations against the detainee should be accepted as true because they had been repeated in at least three secret documents. The court compared that to the absurd declaration of a character in the Lewis Carroll poem “The Hunting of the Snark”: “I have said it thrice: What I tell you three times is true.” — William Glaberson, nytimes.com online

Link to article here.

That courtroom must have been quite a sideshow during the prosecution’s arguments. After listening to that fine example of lawyerly logic and government jurisprudence, the appeals court threw out the charges and ordered that the defendant must either be released, transferred to another country, or given a new hearing to determine if the defendant had been properly classified.

Will the nightmare never end?

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