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Thursday, March 15, 2007


History lesson of the day

"The grant of the foregoing Article [regarding the leasing of Guantanamo] shall include the right to use and occupy the waters adjacent to said areas of land and water, and to improve and deepen the entrances thereto and the anchorages therein, and generally to do any and all things necessary to fit the premises for use as coaling or naval stations only, and for no other purpose."

- Article II of the Agreement Between the United States and Cuba for the Lease of Lands for Coaling and Naval stations; February 23, 1903.
Anyone think the U.S. has been abiding by this treaty?

The Council on Hemispheric Affairs has prepared a long treatise on why the U.S. must and why the U.S. should abandon Guantanamo. But really, do you need to know much more than what's above? And, given its legal advantages to a government intent on avoiding being subject to the law in its treatment of alleged "terrorists," do you really think the U.S. cares a fig about any of this?

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