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New Rights for Prisoners in US Afghan Prisons

Posted by karmalily on April 2, 2009

The Supreme Court ruled that Guantanamo Bay detainees have the right to challenge their imprisonment in federal court. It was a 5-4 vote made in June of 2008. However, these same rights were never extended to prisoners kept in US-run prisons in Afghanistan.

As of today, that has changed. From the NY Times:

A federal judge ruled on Thursday that prisoners in the war on terrori can use U.S. civilian courts to challenge their detention at a military air base in Afghanistan.

U.S. District Judge John Bates turned down the United States’ motion to deny the right to three foreign detainees at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistand.

And speaking of Guantanamo, apparently Miss Universe had a grand ol’ time on her trip to the infamous prison.

We also met the Military dogs, and they did a very nice demonstration of their skills. All the guys from the Army were amazing with us. We visited the Detainees camps and we saw the jails, where they shower, how they recreate themselves with movies, classes of art, books. It was very interesting.

Yeeaaah, I’m sure the prisoners are enjoying themselves just like you Miss Universe.

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