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Saturday, July 10, 2004

It's Bad Enough That We Have to Give Them Rights. Do We Also Have to Tell Them About It? 

From the Washington Post:
Detainees held in U.S. custody at the naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will learn of their legal rights for the first time beginning Monday as part of a Pentagon plan to determine how many of the prisoners are enemy combatants and who should be set free, officials said yesterday.

The Pentagon yesterday offered a preliminary outline of a new tribunal process developed in the wake of a June 28 Supreme Court decision that allows detainees to challenge their imprisonment in federal courts. But the new process doesn't immediately grant the nearly 600 detainees at Guantanamo access to lawyers, and it is unclear how detainees will assert their rights while imprisoned at a remote base in another country.
Just one more argument for privatization.

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