A Direct Theatrical Assault on Guantanamo

“British judges rarely inject themselves into politics. Even more rarely do they directly attack foreign governments. But on Nov. 23, 2003, Lord Justice Johan Steyn, Britain’s third-highest ranking judge… delivered a blistering attack on what he saw as the ‘arbitrariness’ of the detentions and procedures involving international individuals held by the United States military at the naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba… At the time, the judge had no idea that, in less than six months, his words would be turned into the moral center of an intensely provocative, artfully conceived and rapturously reviewed piece of modern political theater, written, rehearsed and produced all in a matter of weeks.”