Thursday, June 12, 2008

A Win for the Forces of Light

The Supreme Court has ruled that detainees at Guantanamo have constitutional rights to challenge their detention there in United States courts. Praise Jesus! And think about what it would mean to have one more right-wing Supreme Court justice.

It's really astonishing to read about how some of these foreign detainees ended up in our custody:

The detainees at the center of the case decided on Thursday are not all typical of the people confined at Guantánamo. True, the majority were captured in Afghanistan or Pakistan. But the man who gave the case its title, Lakhdar Boumediene, is one of six Algerians who immigrated to Bosnia in the 1990’s and were legal residents there. They were arrested by Bosnian police within weeks of the Sept. 11 attacks on suspicion of plotting to attack the United States embassy in Sarajevo — “plucked from their homes, from their wives and children,” as their lawyer, Seth P. Waxman, a former solicitor general put it in the argument before the justices on Dec. 5.

The Supreme Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina ordered them released three months later for lack of evidence, whereupon the Bosnian police seized them and turned them over to the United States military, which sent them to Guantánamo.

What kind of country are we living in?

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