Sunday, June 15, 2008

People are now recognized to have rights in Guantanamo

Specifically, the right of Habeas Corpus, produce the body, which means they can challenge the facts of their detention in U.S. courts. What Habeas Corpus means is simple: there has to be a reason why someone is held in custody is held in custody. You either have to charge a person or let them go, because indefinite detention for no clear reason is unjust. Simple as that. This is the right that people in Guantanamo bay have not had; instead, the U.S. government has repeated over and over again that they, collectively were the 'worst of the worst', and that that assertion, given without evidence that many of them had even committed a crime, was used to keep them chained in a U.S. concentration camp.

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