Thursday, September 09, 2004

Have a heaping helping of our hospitality

Well, there's one:

A longtime captive at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will be sent home to his native country after a military tribunal there determined that he is not an enemy combatant, Navy Secretary Gordon R. England announced yesterday.

The decision ends nearly three years of incarceration for the man, who was picked up on the battlefields of Afghanistan.

... Pentagon officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the detainee, who is not an Afghan national, was captured in January 2002 and held in a detention facility in Afghanistan for a few months before he was transferred to Cuba, where he has been incarcerated ever since.

The ACLU is left to utter the should-be-obvious "The government's assertion that it is entitled to lock people up indefinitely without any access to the courts violates our most basic notions of fundamental fairness."

One hopes that the unnamed former guest at least received valuable partings gifts - the bus ticket, twenty bucks and a cheap suit.


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