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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.

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.


an update, on a snake man

“Snake man” slithers out of prison cell

VIENNA (Reuters) – A man has escaped from his Austrian jail cell by squeezing through a food hatch in the door, police said on Wednesday.

The 19-year old Kosovan, who weighed less than 121 pounds, was being held at the prison in Linz for entering the country illegally, police spokesman Alexander Niederwimmer told APA news agency.

How he got through two further doors or possibly over the prison wall is being investigated, said Niederwimmer, calling the escapee “a snake man.”

he’s said to look something like this…

smug, and kind of fat.