Monday, January 31, 2005

ABC News: Judge Backs Guantanamo Detainee Challenges

ABC News: Judge Backs Guantanamo Detainee Challenges: "WASHINGTON Jan 31, 2005 - A federal judge ruled Monday that foreign terror suspects held in Cuba can challenge their confinement in U.S. courts and she criticized the Bush administration for holding hundreds of people without legal rights.

Judge Joyce Hens Green, handling claims filed by about 50 detainees at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, said the Supreme Court made clear last year that they have constitutional rights that lower courts should enforce.

'Although this nation unquestionably must take strong action under the leadership of the commander in chief to protect itself against enormous and unprecedented threats,' she wrote, 'that necessity cannot negate the existence of the most basic fundamental rights for which the people of this country have fought and died for well over 200 years.' "


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