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More trouble for Guantanamo prisoners

February 21, 2007

Civilian courts no longer have the authority to consider whether the prisoners at Guantanamo are being held illegally.

According to The Independent, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has ruled 2-1 that civilian courts can no longer decide whether the military is illegally holding the prisoners. This decision effectively crushes any hope of court access for the hundreds of detainees with cases currently pending.

– The bottom line is that according to two of the federal judges, the President can do whatever he wants without any legal limitations as long as he does it offshore, said Shayana Kadidal of the Centre for Constitutional Rights.

White House deputy press secretary, Dana Perino, called the decision “a significant win” for the Bush administration. It is also a severe loss for human rights, international law, the Geneva Convention, common sense and everything that is good and decent.

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