I know, y’all must think I’m the angriest chick on the planet. But I read this shit and get so mad and then I come here and unleash it all on y’all. I truly, truly hope that it makes you angry, too, and that you then share your anger with someone who shares their anger and on and on. Maybe then something will change.
So you know we’ve talked about Guantanamo Bay and, specifically, the cases of Omar Khadr and Mohamed Jawad. As a refresher, remember that in June the Supreme Court ruled in the Boumediene v. Bush case that Guantanamo Bay detainees do have a right to habeas corpus. While hailed as a victory for the detainees, realists understood that the Bush administration would continue to use every possible option to keep these cases out of court. An article in the New York Times this morning bears this out.
According to Vijay Padmanabhan, a former State Department lawyer with responsibility for detainee issues who left in July to teach at Cardozo Law School:
The legal issues that are being raised by the administration are going to take longer than the remaining time of the administration. It is part of a broader strategy which is not to make difficult decisions about Guantánamo and leave it to the next president.
So let’s see, the Bush administration has screwed the next administration into a massive national debt, an $800b+ economic rescue plan for a sinking economy, some sort of agreement on our long term presence in Iraq (details tba), and Gitmo. And in the meantime, these detainees, many of whom have been there for five years or more (Khadr has been there for seven), are stuck in legal limbo, even after the Supreme Court restored their rights. It’s pure insanity and not what we are about … or should be about … as Americans.