Noxious number: Free men


The number of detainees released from Guantanamo Bay after seven years of unlawful incarceration at the Cuba camp.

A U.S. federal judge said Thursday that the evidence for their detention was weak: “a classified document from an unnamed source.”

Really, that was the top claim against these men? With clandestine actions, including torture, and unlawful and biased tribunals in Cuba, one can only wonder how many more of these cases exist.

The release of the Algerians, however, is the latest in a string of civil right triumphs on the black-eye of American habeas corpus.

Let’s hope this becomes a trend until every detainee is either tried or released. (And that includes the similar situations in Abu Ghraib, Iraq and Bagram, Afghanistan, both prison camps with much larger detention numbers than Guantanamo.)



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