An order banning female guards at Guantanamo Bay from transporting five detainees suspected of being involved in the September 11 attacks has been branded ‘outrageous’.
A military judge issued an order in January prohibiting female guards from transporting the defendants, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, after they refused to meet with defense lawyers and complained that any physical contact with unrelated women violated their Muslim beliefs.
The ruling by Army Colonel James Pohl was meant to deal with their complaints, which posed a threat to legal proceedings.
Questioned on the ruling at a congressional hearing, both Marine General Joseph Dunford Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Defense Secretary Ash Carter said it was an outrage.
‘I think it is counter to the way we treat service members, including women service members, and outrage is a very good word for it,’ Carter told the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Dunford said: ‘It is outrageous. It ought to be fixed. It hasn’t been to date.’
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