The United States Constitution
Continues To Weep
US accused of holding terror suspects on prison ships
· Report says 17 boats used
· MPs seek details of UK role
· Europe attacks 42-day plan
Duncan Campbell and Richard Norton-Taylor
Monday June 2 2008
The United States is operating “floating prisons” to house those arrested in its war on terror, according to human rights lawyers, who claim there has been an attempt to conceal the numbers and whereabouts of detainees.
Details of ships where detainees have been held and sites allegedly being used in countries across the world have been compiled as the debate over detention without trial intensifies on both sides of the Atlantic. The US government was yesterday urged to list the names and whereabouts of all those detained.
Taliban Leader Flaunts Power Inside Pakistan
By JANE PERLEZ
Published: June 2, 2008
PESHAWAR, Pakistan – With great fanfare, the Pakistani Army flew journalists to a rugged corner of the nation’s lawless tribal areas in May to show how decisively it had destroyed the lairs of the Taliban, including a school for suicide bombers, in fighting early this year. Then, just days later, the usually reclusive leader of the Pakistani Taliban, Baitullah Mehsud, held a news conference of his own, in the same region, to show just who was in charge.
He rolled up in an expensive-looking Toyota pickup packed with heavily armed Taliban fighters, according to the Pakistani journalists invited to attend.
Clinton rolls to Puerto Rico win
By Susan Milligan
Globe Staff / June 2, 2008
SAN JUAN – Senator Hillary Clinton scored a lopsided victory in the Puerto Rico primary yesterday, boosting both her spirits and her popular vote count, but offering little hope that she can catch rival Senator Barack Obama by the end of the Democratic presidential primary season tomorrow.
Even in defeat, Obama crept closer to the nomination, picking up 17 of Puerto Rico’s 55 pledged delegates. Obama is now 47 delegates short of the 2,118 needed to sew up a clear majority, according to the latest Associated Press tally, and Obama’s advisers believe they will get a slew of superdelegate endorsements after tomorrow’s primaries to make it official.