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Yet another low moment for this country....<br><br>
"A divided judicial panel ruled this morning that about 400 foreign nationals who have been detained for as long as five years at a military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, do not have rights to challenge their indefinite imprisonment through the U.S. court system.<br><br>
"In a 2-1 decision, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia found that Congress's 2006 Military Commissions Act firmly blocked detainees from trying to appeal the president's decision to hold them without charges and without any promise of release.<br><br>
"Attorneys representing the detainees plan to appeal to the Supreme Court, and a group of Senate Democrats introduced legislation last week that would restore some of the detainees' rights."<br><br>
More here:<br><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/20/AR2007022000490_pf.html" target="_blank">http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...000490_pf.html</a><br><br>
Lots of Democrats need to hang their heads in shame for signing on to that Act.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Lots of Democrats need to hang their heads in shame for signing on to that Act.</div>
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Including my own "democratic" congressman. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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legally, this is just a predictable result of a hoop they have to jump through to get a real answer. given the identity of the judges on the panel, it was sure to be a 2 to 1 loss. the real issue is what the supreme court will say.
 

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Hopefully the Supreme Court will decide for the detainees... as everything they've gone through seems to go against our Constitution.
 

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Pertinent....<br><br><b>Cleared men, harsh facility</b><br><br>
"Although the oppressive, punitive conditions at Camp 6 are far worse than U.S. maximum security prisons, <span style="text-decoration:underline;">many of its occupants have, in effect, been declared innocent by the military</span>. Camp 6 includes detainees who have been cleared for transfer because the military has determined that they are <span style="text-decoration:underline;">no longer considered to be a danger</span> to the United States or its allies, that they <span style="text-decoration:underline;">no longer have any intelligence value</span> and that there is <span style="text-decoration:underline;">no other reason to keep them locked up</span>. They remain only until they can be repatriated to their country of origin, or another country willing to accept them.<br><br>
"Can there be any justification for a civilized country to hold any of this group of approximately 100 men, in conditions worse than maximum security? The answer is surely no. Yet we do.<br><br>
More here:<br><a href="http://www.law.com/jsp/nlj/PubArticlePrinterFriendlyNLJ.jsp?id=1172224982466" target="_blank">http://www.law.com/jsp/nlj/PubArticl...=1172224982466</a>
 

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UPDATE...<br><br><b>Detainees seek fast ruling from justices</b><br><br>
"Foreigners imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay want the Supreme Court to rule quickly on their legal rights, before the justices go off on their summer break.<br><br>
"Lawyers for two men who face military trials as early as this summer asked the court Tuesday to hear their cases on a rare fast track. Their request was even more unusual because a federal appeals court has yet to rule on whether Omar Khadr and Salim Ahmed Hamdan can be tried by a military tribunal or whether they even have the right to mount their challenge in U.S. courts."<br><br>
More here:<br><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070227/ap_on_go_su_co/scotus_guantanamo&printer=1;_ylt=AiI_4zZOwZHdQwRY9T1INYRAw_IE" target="_blank">http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070227/...RY9T1INYRAw_IE</a>
 
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