WASHINGTON – Guantanamo Bay detainees may not challenge their detention in U.S. courts, a federal appeals court said Tuesday in a ruling upholding a key provision of a law at the center of
President Bush’s anti-terrorism plan.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled 2-1 that civilian courts no longer have the authority to consider whether the military is illegally holding foreigners.
Barring detainees from the U.S. court system was a key provision in the Military Commissions Act, which Bush pushed through Congress last year to set up a system to prosecute terrorism suspects.
If they decide you’re guilty, you have no right to say otherwise. You have no right to say anything, really, on your own behalf.
I hold out a feeble hope for the Supreme Court challenge.
I dare anyone to say he or she is surprised by this. This is where we are. This is what we value. We have been heading for this at a thousand miles an hour since Sept. 12, 2001. Say you’re surprised. I dare you.