Don’t look now, but the Bush administration is failing to protect you from Illegal Enemy Combatant Yaser Hamdi:
Lawyers for the government and for a U.S. citizen captured on the Afghanistan battlefield informed a federal judge Wednesday they are negotiating the man’s release from federal custody.
In court papers filed jointly, the lawyers said they have been discussing terms of the release since the Supreme Court ruled on June 28 that the Bush administration could not indefinitely detain Yaser Esam Hamdi as an enemy combatant with no legal rights.
The motion asks U.S. District Judge Robert G. Doumar to stay all proceedings in the case for 21 days so the lawyers can try to complete efforts to reach a mutually acceptable resolution.
Lawrence R. Leonard, the managing assistant U.S. attorney in Norfolk, did not immediately return calls seeking comment.
A Justice Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the case is pending before a court, said any prisoner of war or enemy combatant, including Hamdi, could be released when “they are determined to be of no further value and no longer a threat to the United States.”
That’s right, after detaining Hamdi for nearly three years without charges, without allowing him to meet with a lawyer, Asscroft’s Justice Department is now negotiating to set him free. And it looks like they never had any evidence against him at all.
What the hell was the point? I hope Hamdi sues the hell out of them.