Thursday, December 06, 2007

Resources on yesterday's habeas oral arguments

Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments pertaining to the habeas corpus rights of detainees at Guantanamo Bay. The arguments can be heard at PBS's website. (MP3s: Part 1 here and Part 2 here.)

Cecillia Wang from ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project has also blogged on it at national and at the ACSblog.
[I]f the Court rules in the Boumediene petitioners' favor on narrow grounds limited to the precise facts of Guantánamo, the most pernicious effects of the D.C. Circuit's error will go unaddressed. What if U.S. officials engage in horrific abuses in places other than Guantánamo? This is no idle speculation, given what we know about "extraordinary renditions" and CIA black sites, and in light of rumors of the closing of the detention center at Guantánamo.

Finally, there is extensive commentary at SCOTUSblog.

Personally, I'm a fan of Amnesty International USA's video short on habeas and the Military Commissions Act.

Andy in Harrisburg

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