January 4, 2006

ALL THANKS TO McCAINIAN MISDIRECTION:

U.S. to Seek Dismissal of Guantánamo Suits (NEIL A. LEWIS, 1/04/06, NY Times)

The Bush administration notified federal trial judges in Washington that it would soon ask them to dismiss all lawsuits brought by prisoners at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, challenging their detentions, Justice Department officials said Tuesday.

The action means that the administration is moving swiftly to take advantage of an amendment to the military bill that President Bush signed into law last Friday. The amendment strips federal courts from hearing habeas corpus petitions from Guantánamo detainees.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 4, 2006 9:47 AM
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The NYT got the story wrong. We are shocked, SHOCKED!

Congress and the President have done exactly what the Supreme Court had said they were supposed to do, which is to set up procedures for determining the status of prisoners of war and suspected war criminals.

The Writ of Habeas Corpus has not been suspended. If a P.O.W.'s or suspected war criminal's status had not been properly established, he or she could still challenge detention. If that status has been so established, the petition would be summarily denied. The people at the Times need to read the Act and they need to read Hahmdi.

Posted by: Lou Gots at January 4, 2006 2:13 PM
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