Illegal act has caused great human and financial damage
In the United States presidential election in 2007, one of the main planks in Democratic candidate Barack Obama’s election platform was the promise that if elected he would within one year close down the Guantánamo prison in Cuba.
When Obama was elected, our then premier Ewart Brown went to Washington to enjoy the Democratic Party’s celebrations.
To ingratiate himself with the new administration, he said Bermuda would be pleased to welcome four Guantánamo inmates. The new Secretary of State quickly agreed and promptly dumped four Uighur terrorist suspects in Bermuda.
Both the Secretary of State and Brown were fully aware that their actions had not been approved by either the Bermuda Government or the British Government and were consequently blatantly illegal. The human and financial damage suffered by Bermuda as a result of this illegal act has been great and gets progressively greater every day.
The Bermuda Government should sue the US Government in its own Washington DC courts.
President Donald Trump will settle rather than having his government humiliated by defeat in its own courts.
WILLIAM M. COX
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