posted on Nov, 11 2005 @ 09:28 AM
The United States Senate has voted to overrule the Supreme Courts decision last year that allowed GITMO detainees to file law suits protesting their
detention. The provision was added to the defense policy bill and was narrowly passed with a vote of 49-42.
WASHINGTON - The Senate voted Thursday to bar foreign terror suspects at the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, from filing lawsuits in American
courts to challenge their detentions, despite a Supreme Court ruling last year that granted such access.
In a 49-42 vote, senators added the provision by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., to a sweeping defense policy bill.
Under the provision, Guantanamo Bay detainees would be allowed to appeal their status as an “enemy combatant” one time, to the Circuit Court of
Appeals in Washington, D.C. But they would not be able to file petitions known as writs of habeas corpus, which are used to fight unlawful detentions,
in that or any other U.S. court.
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I can understand to a point why they would do this. These detainees are not US citizens so should not be allowed to abuse the legal system. Since the
Supreme Court rulling in 2004, most of the detainees have filed suits and have (according to the story) are already piling up wiating for trial.
I am worried though that there may indeed be some detainees that should not be there and that their cases need to be heard and addressed.
Perhaps the World Court and the Hague needs to step in here and start looking at what is going on.