Judges question need for Guantanamo genital searches

11:30 AM, Dec 9, 2013   |    comments
This image reviewed by the US military shows a bird resting on concertina wire outside the 'Camp Six' detention facility of the Joint Detention Group at the US Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, January 19, 2012 (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal appeals court judges are questioning whether the government has gone too far in searching the genital areas of Guantanamo detainees who want to meet with their lawyers.

At a hearing Monday, Judge Thomas Griffith suggested the practice was "provocative and offensive."

In July, a district court judge ordered the military to stop the practice. That judge concluded that the motivation for the searches is not to enhance security, as the government claims, but to deter the detainees' access to attorneys.

But a few days later, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit put that decision on hold while the court took up the case.

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