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Friday, December 7, 2007

Nan Aron on Boumediene v. Bush

Nearly six years ago, the Bosnian Supreme Court released Lakmar Boumediene following a three-month investigation that revealed no evidence to support a U.S. claim that he was involved in a terrorist plot to attack U.S. and British Embassies. As he was leaving the courthouse to return to his wife and two children, Boumediene was handed over to American officials, who flew him to the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Today, he remains at this detention facility despite the fact that he has never been charged with any crime. Each day he endures indefinite detention in the facility's sparse living conditions and interrogations by U.S. officials. Each day he awaits a fair hearing by an impartial judge - a right that the administration has continued to block. On Dec. 5, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear Boumediene's case and, in the months to come, will issue a ruling that could provide him and other Guantanamo detainees with access to their basic legal rights.

To read Nan's full commentary in Huffington Post, click here.

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