15 December 2009

Supremes refuse to hear Gitmo torture case (because prisoners are not "persons")

Again the torturers get away with it.

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a case against Donald Rumsfeld and senior military officers for ordering torture and religious abuse at the military prison at Guantanamo Bay. The case was brought by four British citizens who had spent more than two years at Guantanamo and were returned to the UK in 2004.

According to the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), the Obama administration "had asked the court not to hear the case," and "the Court let stand an earlier opinion by the D.C. Circuit Court which found that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a statute that applies by its terms to all 'persons' did not apply to detainees at Guantanamo, effectively ruling that the detainees are not persons at all for purposes of U.S. law."

Yes, you read that right: The Supremes let stand the notion that the detainees are not persons under the law!

And again Rumsfeld and his henchmen get away with torture.

God bless America.

>> Read the CCR's press release on this case.

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