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Gitmo detainees to have their day in court

I spent a night in a replica of a Guantánamo Bay prison cell last week, time during which I reflected on the perilous status of the men held at the offshore prison even the president says he wants to close. They are held in legal limbo, not charged with anything, rarely, if ever, having seen a judge - and if so, then only a military judge whose chain of command starts at the president and works its way down (not an independent judge who is a member of the third branch of government).

But this morning, some good news. The US Supreme Court has granted Gitmo detainees the right to challenge their detention in civilian courts. Perhaps now we will get to see the evidence - if any exists - against these men, and start either prosecuting them or releasing them.

 

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