A Justice Department lawyer argued Monday that a new body search policy for prisoners at Guantanamo Bay did not restrict inmate access to lawyers.
Edward Himmelfarb urged a federal appeals panel to overturn a ruling in July by U.S. District Senior Judge Royce Lamberth, who found otherwise.
Himmelfarb argued that the searches — which prisoners apparently would have to undergo before meeting with their lawyers — involved pat-downs of fully clothed detainees, the Legal Times Blog reported.
Prisoners apparently declined to meet with their lawyers because they found the groin-area searches religiously and culturally offensive.
But Himmelfarb compared the searches to Transportation Security Agency frisks of airline passengers who objected to going through X-ray machines.
“It’s not as bad as it sounds,” Himmelfarb said.
That’s our Quote of the Week — and it’s only Monday!
Let’s not forget the famous battle cry: “Don’t touch my junk.”