19 January 2006

U.S. District Court rules that Chinese detainees in Gitmo are innocent, yet Bush keeps them locked up

We learn of another Bush-induced constitutional crisis.

George W. is keeping the innocent anti-Communist Chinese guys locked up because.... ???

Let's hope that the Supremes intervene and stop the insanity before Alito replaces O'Connor.

Meantime, just for fun, one could argue that this case suggests that Bush is a Communist sympathizer. ;-)

From yesterday's Washington Post:
Lawyers for a group of Chinese nationals held in the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, with no hope of release are taking the rare step of asking the Supreme Court to intervene immediately, saying only the high court can resolve the constitutional crisis their case presents.

Attorneys for the detained Uighurs, Muslim natives of western China who oppose their country's Communist rule, are scheduled to petition the court as early as today. They seek a break in the impasse created when U.S. District Judge James Robertson ruled last month that the Bush administration's "Kafka-esque" detention of the Uighurs was illegal but he simultaneously determined that the court lacked the power to overrule the president and free them.

"That ruling doesn't simply hit innocent men now in their fifth year of imprisonment," said Sabin Willett, one of the Uighurs' attorneys. "It goes to whether we have a judicial branch at all. This is that rare question so vital that the Supreme Court should immediately intervene to answer."

Lawyers for the nine Chinese detainees plan to urge the Supreme Court to step into the void, arguing in draft legal documents they provided to The Washington Post that the high court and the public have a major stake when the federal judiciary decides it cannot stop the president from continuing to break the law.

Their case is among nearly 200 legal challenges filed since 2004 on behalf of Guantanamo Bay detainees who are contesting the legality of their imprisonment, and it is among the first in which a court has reached a conclusion on the central question of whether their detention is unlawful.

The government acknowledges that the Uighurs were imprisoned by mistake in 2002. Military officials determined in 2004 that they were not enemy combatants and should be released.
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