Friday, May 15, 2009
Bye Bye Boumediene
Lakhdar Boumediene, the detainee on the winning side of the landmark Supreme Court case that granted detainees at Guantanamo habeas corpus rights, is on his way back to France. Boumediene can consider himself among the "lucky" (I use that term very loosely because there is nothing lucky about being detained at Gitmo) detainees because he was able to secure rights to habeas corpus AND, probably more important, he was actually able to leave American custody. As I've noted in previous posts, whether and how many of the detainees will be released from custody is very much up in the air even if they can successfully challenge their detention. The uncertainty is due to the fact that the U.S. and most other countries won't accept the detainees because they been labeled as terrorists (some unfairly so).