Supreme Court Allows Guantanamo Bay Detainees to Challenge Their Detention

again, here are the story highlights which blow my mind…not even a recap, just quotes taken out of the one paragraph article.

highlights:
Decision marks another blow to Bush administration’s war on terrorism policies
Justices rule 5-4 U.S. military lacks legal autonomy to prosecute suspects at Gitmo
High court has ruled twice on issue since 2004, each time against government

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Suspected terrorists and foreign fighters held by the U.S. military at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have the right to challenge their detention in federal court, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

The decision marked another legal blow to the Bush administration’s war on terrorism policies.

In a 5-4 ruling, the justices said the U.S. military lacks the legal autonomy to prosecute as many as 300 prisoners.

At issue were the rights of the detainees to contest their imprisonment as well as the rules established to try them in military tribunals.

A congressional law passed in 2006 would limit court jurisdiction to hear such challenges.

It is a legal question the justices have tackled three times since 2004, including Thursday’s ruling.

Each time the high court ruled against the government’s claim that it has the authority to hold people it labels “enemy combatants.”

from cnn.com.

nataliebeth

One response to “Supreme Court Allows Guantanamo Bay Detainees to Challenge Their Detention

  1. i’m not sure i get why they had to rule on this multiple times?

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