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January 25, 2005

Careful Who You Teach

Teaching English to terrorists unintentionally could be grounds for detention as an enemy combatant at Guantanamo Bay, according to US government lawyers. The assertion was made by Deputy Associate Attorney General Brian Boyle during federal court hearings last month into the supreme court's ruling on the right of Guantanamo prisoners to challenge their detention in US courts. According to Associated Press, when asked by Judge Joyce Hens Green if a hypothetical resident of England who teaches English to the son of an al-Qaida leader could be detained, Boyle said he could because "al-Qaida could be trying to learn English to stage attacks there". Boyle compared that aid to "those shipping bullets to the front". (Guardian Weekly)

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