New Legal Protections for Prisoners in foreign US bases?- Report
I'm out of the country at this time in one of those places we hear about in the news. Anyway, just wanted to pass along something that was a concern that I had in the Guantanamo supreme Court verdict two weeks ago. It turns out that it may have been a clairvoyant observation:
When I mentioned Bagram air base in that thread, I mentioned the possibility that the Guantanmo preccedent presented a potential that it would be applied to Bagram. From what MSNBC is reporting here, it looks as if it just may happen.
Hope everyone's is well and healthy and having fun on the JI board ripping and discrediting each other and their hated candidate/party to pieces.
Last edited by Equilibrium; 06-30-2008 at 02:03 PM.
Jawed Ahmad, a driver and assistant for reporters of a Canadian television network in Afghanistan, knew the roads to avoid, how to get interviews and which stories to pitch. Reporters trusted him, his bosses say.
Then, one day about seven months ago, the 22-year-old CTV News contractor vanished. Weeks later, reporters would learn from Ahmad's family that he had been arrested by U.S. troops, locked up in the U.S. military prison at Bagram air base and accused of being an enemy combatant.
Lawyers representing Ahmad filed a federal lawsuit early this month challenging his detention on grounds similar to those cited in successful lawsuits on behalf of captives at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The lawyers are hoping to turn Ahmad's case and a handful of others into the next legal battleground over the rights of terrorism suspects apprehended on foreign soil. More lawsuits are expected on behalf of Bagram detainees in coming months, the lawyers said.
The lawsuits seek the right of habeas corpus for the detainees. Habeas corpus is a centuries-old legal doctrine that gives people taken into custody the right to challenge their detention before a judge.
Although legal experts expressed uncertainty about the potential for success, the detainees' lawyers say they are optimistic. They note the Supreme Court's decision two weeks ago that granted detainees at Guantanamo Bay the right to challenge their detention in federal courts.
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