posted on Jan, 3 2006 @ 09:08 PM
The US justice Department filed notice that they will seek dismissal of the cases against many detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. This comes
shortly after the passing of a law by Congress that re-inforces the ban on cruel and inhumane treatment of prisoners. Of about 500 prisoners held on
the base, the Justice Dept. will seek to dismiss about 180 cases.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department will seek to dismiss more than 180 cases involving inmates at Guantanamo Bay who have challenged
their detention in court, court documents showed on Tuesday.
The department filed a notice to judges presiding over the cases at the U.S. District Court in Washington to advise them that by the end of next week
the Justice Department would file official motions to dismiss the cases.
The notice comes a week after President George W. Bush signed new legislation banning cruel and inhumane treatment of prisoners. The anti-torture law
also curbs the ability of prisoners being held at the U.S. Naval Base in Cuba to challenge their detention in federal court.
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I have a couple of things came to mind while reading this story. My first thought was ABOUT TIME! The Guantanamo Bay situation needs to be
resolved yesterday and this will be a good start. IMHO, if the detainees are guilty, try them and send them to prison, if they are not guilty (or
cannot be PROVEN guilty) let them go. Simple as that.
My second thought was this seems to be a fairly good compromise between the two opposing camps that have held up progress on resolving these cases.
One faction has been adamant that all the detainees should be tried in civilian courts where they have the right to a speedy and public trial. The
opposing side maintained that the detainees were actually prisoners of war, and subject to military justice. The recently signed law (which was
initially opposed by the administration) combines these two points of view by guaranteeing the detainees right to appeal the verdict given by a
military court in the civilian appeals courts. That seems to cover all the bases.
Once again, I am very excited that some movement (ANY movement!) is finally forthcoming on the detainee issue. Regardless of which side of the debate
you are on, I'm sure we can agree on that!
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