Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Ring another one up for the war on terror!

AP reports:

"The Supreme Court refused to stop the Bush administration Tuesday from transferring a Guantanamo Bay detainee to his home country of Libya. Lawyers for the man argued he faces torture at the hands of the Libyan government if sent there."

The detainee, Abu Abdul Rauf Zalita , says he was turned over to the Americans by the Pakistanis for a bounty in 2001. Gosh, that must be one of those excuses they train terrorists to use in the al-Qaeda manuel, because our good friends the Pakistanis would never go around rounding up people for a profit, right? And our new good buddy Moammar Kadafi isn't known for torturing or killing or anything like that, so I think Mr. Zalita is in good hands.


"In opposing Zalita's request, the Justice Department said the Military Commissions Act of 2006 ends federal court jurisdiction over legal challenges by enemy combatants. Zalita invoked the international convention against torture, but his request 'ignores Congress's explicit mandate' that U.S. courts not consider challenges like his, the Justice Department solicitor general's office said."

You know in most countries sending someone to another country where you know they're going to be tortured would be a war crime, but not here. You know if the Justice Department says it, I believe it and that settles it. If the administration needed a legal justification to out-law gravity Alberto Gonzales could find it.

When is Congress going to get around to get rid of the noxious Military Commissions Act anyway? What a shameful state this country is in when we send people off to the tender mercies of a dictator and -- yes a terrorist -- like Moammar Kadafi. Whatever this guy has or hasn't done, he is entitled to due process, this is fundamental. Just because a bunch of right wingers and yahoos in Congress say it ain't so, doesn't make it so.

Congress need to repeal the Military Commissions Act today!


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