US to resume Gitmo genital searches
WASHINGTONThe U.S. government has won a federal appeal to continue genital searches of inmates at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba.
A three-judge panel of the court granted July 17 the Obama administration’s emergency motion for a temporary delay in enforcing U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth’s order banning the practice.
Detainee lawyers say the searches began after prisoners were told they would have to travel from their resident camp to another site at the base to meet with or talk on the telephone with their lawyers. The lawyers say some detainees had refused to make the trip because of the new searches.
In court papers, the government argued that Lamberth’s order would weaken security at the U.S. Navy base in Cuba by making it harder to prevent smuggling of contraband. And it said that the ruling went where no other court has gone before.