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SCOTUS: Guantanamo Detainees' Rights

by Ashley Grashaw
Dec 5, 2007

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Today the Supreme Court heard arguments about whether detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, the U.S. base in Cuba, have the right to challenge their imprisonment in federal court. Back in October of 2006, Congress passed a law which said that federal courts do not have jurisdiction in detainee cases. So as it stands now, detainees face indefinite detention with no concrete way to challenge their status as enemy combatants. About three hundred men are being held at the base, and many have been there for as long as six years. This case represents an attempt to balance prisoners' individual rights with the desire to prevent terrorism. We'll hear from both sides of the argument today on the show. So tell us: what rights should detainees have?

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