May 21, 2010

THIS IS THE SAME MISTAKE THEY KEPT MAKING WHEN W WAS PRESIDENT...:

Appeals Panel Bars Detainees From Access to U.S. Courts (CHARLIE SAVAGE, 5/22/10, NY Times)

A federal appeals court ruled Friday that three men who had been detained by the United States military for years without trial in Afghanistan had no recourse to American courts. The decision was a broad victory for the Obama administration in its efforts to hold terrorism suspects overseas for indefinite periods without judicial oversight.

The detainees, two Yemenis and a Tunisian who say they were captured outside Afghanistan, contend that they are not terrorists and are being mistakenly imprisoned at the American military prison at Bagram Air Base.

But a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled unanimously that the three had no right to habeas corpus hearings, in which judges would review evidence against them and could order their release. The court reasoned that Bagram was on the sovereign territory of another government and emphasized the “pragmatic obstacles” of giving hearings to detainees “in an active theater of war.”


...these are victories for America against our enemies, not narrowly confined to certain presidents and their administrations.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 21, 2010 9:32 PM
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