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Posted on May 16, 2007

A federal appeals court is looking into the legitimacy of “do-overs” for detainee tribunals at Guantanamo Bay. Critics say the practice is unfair because it effectively allows the government to retry cases until it gets the results it wants, but there may not be much the high court can do under current legislation.


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The military system of determining whether detainees are properly held at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, includes an unusual practice: If Pentagon officials disagree with the result of a hearing, they order a second one, or even a third, until they approve of the finding.

These “do-overs,” as some critics call them, are among the most controversial parts of the military’s system of determining whether detainees are enemy combatants, and the fairness of the repeat hearings is at the center of a pivotal federal appeals court case.

On Tuesday, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit begins consideration of the first of what are expected to be scores of challenges to the military panels’ decisions that detainees are enemy combatants and are properly held.

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By Forkboy, May 17, 2007 at 10:16 am Link to this comment

And when the “authorities” eventually come to round up Mormons for not being “real” Christians I hope Mitt and Co. enjoy Gitmo and recall his cry for ‘justice’.

Hey, I too want to see terrorists locked up for what they do, plan to do, etc.  But if a military tribunal can’t find cause to hold someone at Gitmo then who in he hell would?  The notion you can go back and keep pushing for new tribunals until the administration gets the verdict it wants is absurd.  But no more so than Iraq having WMDs, links to Al Queda, etc.

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By Outraged, May 16, 2007 at 9:14 pm Link to this comment

It’s beyond imagination where these people get their gaul.

Then there’s Mitt Romney:
“I am glad [detainees] are at Guantanamo. I don’t want them on our soil. I want them on Guantanamo, where they don’t get the access to lawyers they get when they’re on our soil. I don’t want them in our prisons, I want them there. Some people have said we ought to close Guantanamo. My view is we ought to double Guantanamo.”

Of course, he also thinks Jesus was in America talking to the Native Americans too.

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By QuyTran, May 16, 2007 at 7:18 pm Link to this comment

Just bring Alberto Gonzales to justice. He is a real terrorist living among us.

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