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January 31, 2005

Federal Jurist Grants Terror Suspects the Rights of Citizenship


WASHINGTON - A federal judge ruled Monday that foreign terror suspects held in Cuba can challenge their confinement in U.S. courts and she criticized the Bush administration for holding hundreds of people without legal rights.

Judge Joyce Hens Green, handling claims filed by about 50 detainees at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, said the Supreme Court made clear last yearthat they have constitutional rights that lower courts should enforce.  

"Although this nation unquestionably must take strong action under the leadership of the commander in chief to protect itself against enormous and unprecedented threats," she wrote, "that necessity cannot negate the existence of the most basic fundamental rights for which the people of this country have fought and died for well over 200 years. "

It never occured to me that Nathan Hale submitted to execution so as to preserve the rights of foreign combatants.

Or for that matter that terrorist suspects were mentioned in The Constitution.

Good to know.

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posted by Ace at 04:08 PM

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