Supreme Court Focuses Again on Detainees
The Supreme Court decision announced today rejecting as unconstitutional the Bush adminstration's handling of terrorism detainees at Guantanamo Bay is the latest in a string of criticism of U.S. treatment of foreign suspects at the detention center.
By a 5 to 4 vote, the majority held that an alternative procedure designed by the administration and Congress did not insure that the detainees, some of whom have been imprisoned for six years without a hearing, received their day in court, The Post's Robert Barnes reports.
The court's decision comes a few weeks after a lengthy government report showed that the treatment of Guantanamo detainees, including the use of extreme temperatures, religious abuses and nude interrogation, was revealed at White House meetings of senior officials in 2003. The questionable tactics, however, remained in place.
U.S. treatment of detainees was also the subject yesterday when the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights, which represents dozens of Guantanamo detainees, announced that it was seeking unspecified damages as part of a lawsuit against the Defense Department on behalf of the families of Salah al-Salami and Yasser al-Zahrani, both Saudis who committed suicide at the detention center, The Guardian reported.
Also, ProPublica, a recently launched investigative reporting news outlet, has placed the detainee abuse story as No. 1 on its "Scandal Watch" list.
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