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Monday, January 31, 2005

More Gitmo Legal Problems

posted by Jazz at 1/31/2005 04:11:00 PM

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It seems that, try as they might, BushCo isn't able to get the entire judiciary to agree that prisoners held in the Black Hole of Gitmo™ are sub-humans with no rights accorded to "regular folks."

US Judge: Guantanamo Tribunals Unconstitutional
A U.S. judge ruled on Monday that the Guantanamo military tribunals for terrorism suspects are unconstitutional.

In a setback for the Bush administration, U.S. District Judge Joyce Hens Green also ruled the prisoners at the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba have constitutional protections under the law.

"The court concludes that the petitioners have stated valid claims under the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution and that the procedures implemented by the government to confirm that the petitioners are 'enemy combatants' subject to indefinite detention violate the petitioners' rights to due process of law," Green wrote.

Imagine that. These people might actually be .... (*gasp*) people! I wonder if they are of the same sub-genus as the British citizens held there for years, then recently shipped back to England where they were released without charges being filed?

Fortunately for Dear Leader, he's gotten higher level judges, as well as the Supremes, to back him up in saying that they are just animals.

From around Blogistan:

Representative Stephen Bainbridge (R - Saturn) took the usual tactic. If a member of the judiciary says something that goes against Bush ideology, you call them "activist judges" and dismiss them as "over reaching" and call for the judge's impeachment. That should shut those no-good constitution reading beeyatches up! Just imagine the nerve... trying to give the same basic rights as full humans to funny looking people in turbans!

Mathew Gross just says, "Kids these days!"

Andrew Cochran is pretty sure that BushCo will appeal this to their friends in higher places.