Federal Judge Releases Prisoners from Gitmo into the USOctober 8, 2008
Del Quentin Wilbur rom WaPo:
A federal judge yesterday ordered a small band of Chinese Muslims being held at the Guantanamo Bay military prison released into the United States by Friday, rejecting the Bush administration’s contention that it could detain them indefinitely without cause.
It was the first time a U.S. judge has ordered the release of a Guantanamo Bay detainee, and the first time a foreign national held at the facility in Cuba has been ordered transferred to the United States.
U.S. District Judge Ricardo M. Urbina issued his ruling in dramatic fashion from the bench in a packed courtroom, saying he was ordering the release of 17
Urbina ordered the detainees and the Uighur families to appear in his courtroom Friday. A Defense Department spokesman said the military is working with other government agencies to prepare for the detainees’ move to Washington.
But the Justice Department said it is filing an emergency appeal, because the judge’s decision “presents serious national security and separation-of-powers concerns.” A White House spokeswoman issued a statement saying that “we are deeply concerned by, and strongly disagree with” the ruling.
It should be noted that the men were caught fleeing Afghanistan from Pakistan. I hope the appeal works and this decision gets overturned. it would make for terrible precedent.