Wednesday, September 16, 2009

America Weighs In - Bermuda Uighers

Reading through the BBC today and what did I find?

"One of Mr Fried's successes was the deal he struck with Bermuda, which took four Guantanamo prisoners, all of them Chinese Uighurs - an ethnic minority from north-west China. However, Bermuda is a British overseas territory and Britain was not informed until the last minute.
"The British government, it is fair to say, cannot be considered part of the deal," Mr Fried says.
"This was worked out between the Americans and the Bermudans. I will say that I've been admonished by the British government in very clear terms."
'No Plan Bs'
He defended the agreement with Bermuda, however.
"We are very grateful to the Bermudan government and the behaviour of the four Uighurs has been exemplary, which really bolsters our contention that they were not any kind of threat."
"These are four people who are enjoying freedom who would otherwise be in Guantanamo." "

In response I present only an exert from the Bermuda Constitution:

"Section 62: Governor's special responsibilities
1. The Governor, acting in his discretion, shall be responsible for the conduct (subject to the provisions of this Constitution and of any other law) of any business of the Government, including the adminis­tration of any department of government, with respect to the following matters—
a. external affairs;
b. defence, including armed forces;
c. internal security;
d. the police. "

Important section highlited.

Self explanitory if you ask me.

1 comment:

  1. Wonder how long that part of the constitution will be around? Yup... we could have a whole new deal if an election happens anytime soon.