Judge Orders Release of 5 Gitmo Detainees

I think a upi says it best so I'm going to paste what their article says.

From upi:
"A federal judge in Washington Thursday ordered five Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, prisoners released, saying "seven years is enough" in captivity.

U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon, in the first ruling that carries out the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on detainee rights, said a single classified document the government used to hold the five wasn't convincing, Scotusblog.com reported. The government claimed, based on the document, the five -- plus one other detainee -- planned to travel to Afghanistan to participate in terrorist activities against U.S. and allied forces.

Leon said the government persuaded him that the sixth detainee, Belkacem ben Sayah, was "an al-Qaida facilitator" who sought to arrange travel to Afghanistan to engage in armed hostilities with U.S. and coalition partners.

The six prisoners were living in Bosnia when they were captured, although all are natives of Algeria.

Leon also suggested that government officials decline to appeal his ruling, suggesting "seven years is enough" in captivity, the Web site said.

It took nearly an hour for the judge to announce his ruling because it was translated to the detainees via a telephone link with the prison at Guantanamo Bay."

Now I don't know about you, but Guantanamo Bay has ALWAYS terrified me. It's a place where you're sent if you're suspected of being a terrorist. But that's the scary part- who decides who's a terrorist? And why is such a place necessary? It's a way to circumvent the protections offered by the US Constitution. No Bill of Rights. Do we really need an avenue around our laws? Are they THAT ineffective?

Call me crazy, but I don't trust ANYONE with a rule-less torture castle.

Add to Technorati Favorites

1 comment:

  1. I don't know... I think we should always have a place where the "worst" are sent


Add to Technorati Favorites