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Judge Halts ‘Groin Searches’ For Gitmo Detainees

From an approving New York Times:

Judge Halts Groin Searches at Guantánamo, Calling Them Abhorrent to Muslims

By CHARLIE SAVAGE | July 11, 2013

WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Thursday ordered the military to stop touching the groins of detainees at the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, when they are moved from their cells to speak with lawyers. The procedure had led some prisoners to stop meeting with or calling their lawyers.

Meanwhile, the rest of us are regularly subjected to groin searches at airports, thanks to these very same (ahem) gentlemen. But Muslim terrorists, who constantly attack their guards, get a free pass.

In fact, doesn’t this mean Muslims can’t even be groin searched at airports? While nuns and grannies will still get the full treatment.

In a 35-page opinion, Judge Royce C. Lamberth, the chief judge of the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia, called the searches — which included guards wedging their hands between the genitals and thighs of the detainees as many as four times when moving them to a meeting and back to their cells — “religiously and culturally abhorrent” to Muslims. He portrayed the procedure as unnecessary and intended to “actively discourage” meetings with lawyers.

We can remember when Judge Lamberth was considered to be a conservative. Of course, that was a very long time ago. Way back in the Clinton era. (Due to his rulings against Clinton.)

But, you know what, we find groin searches by the TSA to be “religiously and culturally abhorrent.” So when are they going to stop? Or has the government made Islam the preferred religion of the state?

He said the warden, Col. John Bogdan, must return to a longtime procedure in which guards shake the underwear of detainees by the band to dislodge any contraband, but do not to touch their buttocks or genitals…

Because there is no way any weapons, like a knife being held by one’s buttocks, could ever survive the shaking of the waistband of underwear.

Colonel Bogdan introduced the new procedures in May, after a raid in which guards forced protesting detainees into lockdown in their individual cells. After the raid, officials said they found improvised weapons.

Apparently, it’s better a hundred US guards die, than to risk offending one Muslim terrorist.

In putting the policy into place, the colonel cited the risk of such weapons as well as the case of a detainee who committed suicide in September by swallowing an overdose of medication, raising speculation that he had hoarded the pills in his underwear…

Well, if it means more prisoner suicides, maybe it’s not such a bad ruling after all.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, July 12th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Judge Halts ‘Groin Searches’ For Gitmo Detainees”

  1. yadayada says:

    fine don’t touch them. do what is done in Idaho prisons – unclothed body search before and after all visits.
    no touchy just looky. I’m sure they’ll cry about that, too. but it has already been established by the high courts as acceptable practice.

  2. untrainable says:

    Let them hide a weapon as they go to visit council. When the first ACLU lawyer gets his throat cut while interviewing his animal of a client we’ll see how long it takes for the “cultural” sensitivity rule to be tossed out in the interests of lawyer safety.

    Or even better, why not let the lawyer interview his client in his cell? Search the lawyer first of course, then if anyone gets hurt… it’ll be the terrorist or the lawyer… win win.

  3. Petronius says:

    There was a bit of confusion at the store this morning.

    When I was ready to pay for my groceries, the cashier said “Strip down, facing me.”

    Making a mental note to complain to my Congressman about Homeland Security running amok, I did just as she had directed.

    When the hysterical shrieking and alarms finally subsided, I found out that she was referring to my credit card.

    I have been asked to shop elsewhere in the future.

    They need to make their instructions to us seniors a little clearer!

  4. Noyzmakr says:

    I know from personal experience that the procedure is called spread and lift. While totally nude you spread your legs, lift your gonads as an officer lowers his gaze. Then you turn around, bend over and spread your cheeks while the officer again watches intently. All the while searching every inch if your clothing. I assume this is done everywhere in this country.

    You can’t smuggle any weapons that way unless they are inside you.

    I figured out very quickley that shoestrings for tennis shoes are hollow. Those little pin joints they sell in prison fit right into them neatly and you can still tie your shoes.

    I believe, but I’m not certain, that nowadys, because of suicides, in certain jails and prisons, they aren’t allowed shoestrings or belts anymore. Hence the fashion of todays thugs with their pants around their thighs and no shoestrings in their shoes. They’re modeling prison wear.

    PS. I was very young in 1980 and those were the longest three months of my life. It also taught me a valuable life lesson that I never forgot.

  5. Liberals Demise says:

    Good, don’t pat them down for weapons hidden in their shorts or between the ass cheeks.
    A sudden swift kick to the nads will cause anything hiding to present itself quickly.
    Who are these aholes that continue to give battlefield combatants more rights
    than they should be afforded?

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