When Edward Lucas terms Guantanamo Bay "a legal black hole" in his abysmal The New Cold War ( a kind of anti-Russian version of Melanie Philips' Londonistan ) it appears he is using what Steven Poole terms Unspeak for that which must be elided lest his view that only Russians and Putin ever violate human rights be maintained and not challenged.
After all, in the "New Cold War", the USA is, just as it was in the Old Cold War, a Shining Beacon to All Humanity in which inconvenient facts, such as Guantanamo Bay being a place of torture, of the hooding and shacking prisoners, use of 'stress positions' and sleep deprivation and other techniques that were used by the Soviet Union, are routinely omitted.
It is curious that in a "legal black hole", such notions as the Geneva Conventions and the UN Declarations prohibiting torture have all fallen into a murky abyss where nothing was clear as day.
Things just disappear into black holes, even legal ones, a term taken from English contract law but can hardly be said to apply to a place where pictures of hooded and shackled prisoners appeared on numerous photographs such as at Camp X-Ray.
Calling Guantanamo Bay a "legal black hole" is curious given its proximity to the Castro regimes extant Old Communist state
For if this is part of a New Cold War then its hardly morally edifying, not least when in the New Cold War battle fronts of Central Eastern Europe or Rumsfeld's "New Europe", Lucas has nothing to say about the fact that pro-US allies such as Poland consistently lied about CIA "extraordinary rendition" centres being used as part of the "Global War on Terror".
As Steven Poole maintains in Unspeak,
"the location of Guantanamo Bay had been specifically chosen because the US had been able to argue that Cuba had sovereignty there, thus circumventing domestic laws about what it was able to do on its own territory"That's really a great way to fight an New Cold War by copying incarceration of prisoners as "enemy combatants" instead of POW's that is more reminiscent of Fidel Castro's methods of disappearing people into dank black holes of Communist prisons, given the fact that not only was torture used at Guantanamo but also many were merely innocent people swept up by the US military without being given a trial and dubbed "terrorist suspects".
It's clear that torture is against International Law. There is no hole for the law to fall down into.