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Appeals Crt: US Must Release Gitmo Data

From an elated New York Times:

Terrorist champion and (perforce) New York Times hero, P. Sabin Willett.

Court Tells U.S. to Reveal Data on Detainees at Guantánamo

By WILLIAM GLABERSON

A federal appeals court ordered the government yesterday to turn over virtually all its information on Guantánamo detainees who are challenging their detention, rejecting an effort by the Justice Department to limit disclosures and setting the stage for new legal battles over the government’s reasons for holding the men indefinitely.

The ruling, which came in one of the main court cases dealing with the fate of the detainees, effectively set the ground rules for scores of cases by detainees challenging the actions of Pentagon tribunals that decide whether terror suspects should be held as enemy combatants…

The court said meaningful review of the military tribunals would not be possible “without seeing all the evidence, any more than one can tell whether a fraction is more or less than half by looking only at the numerator and not the denominator.”

Advocates for detainees have criticized the tribunals since they were instituted in 2004 because the terror suspects held at Guantánamo have not been permitted lawyers during the proceedings and have not been allowed to see much of the evidence against them.

P. Sabin Willett, a Boston lawyer who argued the case for detainees, called the ruling “a resounding rejection of the government’s effort to hide the truth.” …

The cases in the appeals court and the Supreme Court are both efforts by lawyers for the detainees to challenge the military’s decisions to hold the men.

The lawyers are pursuing habeas corpus rights because such cases would give federal judges far more power to review Pentagon decisions than the appeals court has to review the military tribunal actions…

The case in which the decision came yesterday involved requests by eight detainees for review of decisions by military tribunals…

The ruling was written by Douglas H. Ginsburg, the chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

“In order to review compliance with those procedures,” Judge Ginsburg wrote, “the court must be able to view the government information.” …

Throughout the legal battles over Guantánamo, detainees’ lawyers have argued that the government has used such rules to limit their effectiveness by maintaining control over information.

Wells Dixon, a lawyer at the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York who represents detainees, said that pattern was likely to be repeated. “Once again,” Mr. Dixon said, “we are left to rely on the government to produce all of the information that it says exists.”

In typical fashion we hear nary a peep against this ruling. No one speaks for the argument against giving these terrorists who have been captured on the battlefield criminal trials in US courts.

The United States held more than 425,000 prisoners of war on its own soil during WWII. And who knows how many elsewhere?

How many criminal trials should there have been?

Of course at the time the ACLU and other communist fronts like the Center For Constitutional Rights were on the side of the US — or more precisely, they were on the side of Stalin — in the war against his former ally, Hitler.

Now they are working solely and unabashedly for the enemy.

By the way, check out the sign on the desk of our hero Mr. Willett. (Click on the photo for a larger version.)

The America I believe in does not torture people.

The America I believe in does not run secret prisons.

Of course that is an obvious lie. The AmeriKKKa Mr. Willett believes in does exactly those things.

The problem is he believes his own terrorist-supporting propaganda.

By the way, this savant is a little out of his depths according to this self-scribed blurb:

Willett concentrates his practice in commercial litigation and bankruptcy litigation. He is experienced in complex commercial disputes and has represented lenders and other institutional creditors in lender liability and Chapter 11 disputes.

Undoubtedly he decided to defend these terrorist suspects pro-bono — to help promote his brilliant novel writing career.

Which sounds like moral bankruptcy to me.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, July 21st, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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