Saturday, February 21, 2009

Detainee Rulings

From the BBC:

"Detainees being held at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan cannot use US courts to challenge their detention, the US says.

The justice department ruled that some 600 so-called enemy combatants at Bagram have no constitutional rights."

I can't believe anybody every thought they could or that they were entitled to constitutional rights in the first place.

This finding, coupled with yesterday's report that the Guantanamo facility does in fact comply with Geneva conventions, is all quite encouraging.

Add to that the overruling decision this week on Judge Urbina's previous decision to release terrorists onto US soil, and things are looking up on the American security front.

Exit question: How will Obama deal with the nutroots that want to shut down detention camps and release terrorists? The human rights groups will not be happy.

Update: Lest I speak too soon, don't miss Andy McCarthy's note on terrorist Binyam Mohammed being released to Britain. He smells a rat, and I think he's right:

"To say this whole thing has the stench of a set-up is an understatement. On February 5, a British court reluctantly denied a demand from Mohammed's supporters that classified information about his rendition and interrogation be released. A few days later, the Obama administration reaffirmed the Bush state-secrets claim, ensuring that the classified information would not be released here, either. Great ... except now the two governments have quietly gotten together and agreed that the terrorist himself will no longer be detained, much less tried — he'll be sent to Britain where he'll be freed."

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Look at the picture! Limbaugh is right. It is a tropical retreat from the stresses of Jihad!
A lovely ocean view. People pay out the ying yang for a view like this, and the government of the United States is letting someone who wants to kill us have it for free.
Think about this. When the jihadists capture one of our troops, they cut off his head, and we put them in a place like this?
This is torture?