On Sunday 15 June, US President George W. Bush visited London
as part of his valedictory world tour for tea with the Queen and dinner with Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
Reprieve, the legal action charity that represents over 30 Guantánamo prisoners, used the opportunity to highlight the suffering of Binyam Mohamed, a London resident who remains in Guantánamo Bay. The US military has announced that it wants to put him through its discredited military commission process, and a final decision will be made in the next two weeks. The commission system is so corrupt that Col. Morris Davis recently quit as the chief military prosecutor, because of the system's many flaws, one being that evidence derived from torture was going to be used against the prisoners.
Nothing could be more true of Binyam, who was taken to Morocco where his genitals were razor-bladed for 18 months. After that he was rendered to more abuse in the CIA-run "Dark Prison" in Kabul,where he was tortured psychologically, hung up and subjected to incredibly loud music for 20 days at a time. He has been imprisoned in Guantánamo Bay since September 2004.
Cosmetics firm Lush, who supports the work of Reprieve agreed to bring along their massive "Fair Trial My Arse" orange underpants, to highlight the nature of the unjust process that Binyam is facing.