‘The sun is about to shine at Guantánamo’

A federal court has, once again, slapped down the Bush Administration over its military torture chamber at Guantanamo Bay Cuba.

In a landmark ruling Friday, a federal appeals court ordered the Bush Administration to turn over virtually all its information on detainees at the prison where thousands have been held in cognito and without the due process accorded prisoners under our justice system.

The decision is another stunning defeat of the Bush Administration’s policies of ignoring the basic rights of the Constitution and the rights of those accused of crimes.

The decision most certainly won’t stop Bush from trying to bypass basic human rights but it will mark another milestone in his seven-year journey to destroy the Constitution and and the basic beliefs in freedom that used to define America.

Reports The New York Times:

Unless
the Justice Department obtains a stay, the decision, from the United
States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, will
clear the way for detainees’ lawyers to press 180 appeals cases of
Guantánamo inmates challenging their detentions. The cases contest
decisions by military panels that the men are properly held as unlawful
enemy combatants.

In the new decision, Chief Judge Douglas H.
Ginsburg of the District of Columbia Circuit wrote that letting the
government withhold information on detainees from their lawyers and the
court “would render utterly meaningless judicial review” of the
military panels’ decisions.

The full appeals court, in a 5-to-5
decision, declined to reconsider a decision last year by a three-judge
panel from that court. A majority vote was needed to reconsider.

Susan
Baker Manning, a lawyer for detainees, said the ruling would force the
government to reveal what it knows about detainees, rather than holding
men indefinitely on generalizations and secret accusations.

“The sun is about to shine at Guantánamo,” Ms. Manning said.

 

8 Responses to "‘The sun is about to shine at Guantánamo’"

  1. Carl Nemo  February 2, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    Sunshine on the dark side of the moon, uh-huh…!?

    Yeah right…! So Bush will sign another bogus, untested Executive Order stating that internment camps of any type cannot be questioned by the courts because he, “Little Boots”; ie., Caligula redux, the “Commander and Thief” says so, no…?! SPQA…bam as he stamps the document with his imperial seal ring into the wax, shouting maniacally… “Senatus Populusque Americanus”…for the people and the Senate of America…NOT…! :|

    This guy along with Cheney is long overdue for summary impeachment…! Rome was lucky in that they had a savvy Praetorian guard that knew when it was time for summary change…!

    Carl Nemo ** ==

  2. LurkingFromTheLeft  February 2, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    Six Weeks Until

    …’til The Ides Of March –

    LFTL

  3. Ted Remington  February 2, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    Eschew Communism. Beware the Ideas of Marx.

    Doesn’t add a thing, but I had to throw it in anyway.

    Ted

  4. Bwana  February 3, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    Oh where is the guard when we need them. They took out Caligula along with his wife and child. Little Boots was just like Herr Bush is now. It’s been 2000 years (except for Hitler) since the world has seen such insanities.
    AND the Bushies financed Hitler.

  5. Flapsaddle  February 4, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    I believe that the praetorians were more concerned about their own perqs than they were with the little question of Caligula’s excesses toward the Roman people.

    And there have been at least two other exceptions besides Hitler: Lenin and Stalin together, and Mao Zedong.

    Most respectfully,

    T. J. Flapsaddle

  6. SEAL  February 4, 2008 at 2:32 am

    I expect they’ll just appeal the decision to the Supreme Court and get a stay of execution and by the time the case is heard there Bush will be gone from office. I.e., nothing will happen til Bush’s term is up. He will fight it because he is dedicated to holding everything in place right to the last minute.

    Like everything else Bush has done in his life, he creates a failure and then walks away with all the money other people put into it, leaving the mess for someone else to clean up. He’s been a thief all of his life. But he doesn’t consider it stealing. He considers it his just due.

    BTW: I’ve made enough progress that I am able to type a little bit. About 25% of normal for me. So, I will be able to post some.(slowly) It’s really been frustrating not being able to respond to many of the articles and comments.

  7. Carl Nemo  February 6, 2008 at 2:10 am

    Hi SEAL…

    Spot-on commentary about dubya and his lifelong calling; ie., excelling at irresponsibility.

    I was becoming somewhat concerned since I hadn’t read any posts from you recently. You’re just like an old TIMEX good buddy, it takes a lickin’ but keeps on tickin’… :D

    Welcome back…!

    Carl Nemo **==

  8. bryan mcclellan  February 4, 2008 at 7:33 am

    Keep your stick on the ice Seal,we’re all rooting for you.

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