Kasey McCall-Smith comments on the effects of torture on fair trial rights

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Article originally written for The Scotsman newspaper (2017), reprinted in Scottish Legal News (2020).

Period4 Mar 2020

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  • TitleEnhanced interrogation is just torture by another name
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletThe Scotsman, reprinted in Scottish Legal News
    Media typePrint
    Duration/Length/Size1200 words
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionIn 2017 I wrote a piece for Scotland on Sunday giving a glimpse inside Guantánamo and the prosecution of the so-called mastermind of 9/11. The case is being tried as a military commission, a rarely used, special, military court designed specifically to prosecute individuals linked to al Qaeda or anyone committing hostile acts against the US or any of its coalition partners that, according to the US, does not benefit from law of war protection. Closely following the military commissions since 2016, my research considers why democratic societies must work hard to stay the course set by the rule of law – even when our emotions suggest otherwise.
    Producer/AuthorKasey McCall-Smith
    PersonsKasey McCall-Smith


  • torture
  • Guantanamo
  • military commissions
  • enhanced Interrogation