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White House Angered by Guantanamo Ruling

Posted on Oct 8, 2008

Tuesday’s release of 17 Chinese prisoners was the first court-ordered release since the Guantanamo Bay prison’s opening in 2002.

The Bush administration is reportedly angry at a decision by U.S. District Judge Ricardo Urbina, who ruled the detention of 17 Chinese Muslim prisoners at Guantanamo Bay was unfounded, citing a seemingly archaic document that prohibits indefinite detention without cause—the U.S. Constitution.


A US judge has ordered the release of 17 Chinese Muslim detainees from the US detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in what has been seen as a rebuke to the Bush administration.

US district judge Ricardo Urbina said there was no evidence the men were a security risk and that the US constitution prohibits indefinite detention without cause.

Local Uighur residents and human rights activists cheered as he told a Washington courtroom the men, who have been in custody for almost seven years, should be freed.

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By rowdy, October 9, 2008 at 1:00 pm Link to this comment

i laughed my ass off when truthdig linked me to al-jazeera. i didn’t know amerikans looked at this site. i have found al-jazeera’s coverage of things in this country to be ahead of the msm,often. i immediately googled this to see how i missed it in the first place and found it covered by most of the msm. still, it was funny for TD to make this link. very unexpected.

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By MajMike, October 8, 2008 at 2:06 pm Link to this comment

About time somebody reread the Constitution, if we become the enemy we have already lost.

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By Jeanine Molloff, October 8, 2008 at 11:37 am Link to this comment
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Finally, a jurist with some backbone.  This administration and their vile collaborators in the US Congress have conveniently forgotten that ‘piece of paper’ otherwise known as the US Constitution.  Furthermore, when the President or any congressman swears allegiance to protect and defend from all enemies, both foreign and domestic—THEY SWEAR TO DEFEND AND PROTECT THE US CONSTITUTION NOT THE EXECUTIVE AKA THE PRESIDENT.  Time to send old ‘W’ to Gitmo and see his cahones.

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