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Obama backs Bush: No rights for Bagram prisoners

Posted By admin On February 23, 2009 @ 4:38 am In U.S. News | Comments Disabled

NEDRA PICKLER and MATT APUZZO
AP [1]
Monday, Feb 23, 2009

The Obama administration, siding with the Bush White House, contended Friday that detainees in Afghanistan have no constitutional rights.

In a two-sentence court filing, the Justice Department said it agreed that detainees at Bagram Airfield cannot use U.S. courts to challenge their detention. The filing shocked human rights attorneys.

“The hope we all had in President Obama to lead us on a different path has not turned out as we’d hoped,” said Tina Monshipour Foster, a human rights attorney representing a detainee at the Bagram Airfield. “We all expected better.”

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The Supreme Court last summer gave al-Qaida and Taliban suspects held at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the right to challenge their detention. With about 600 detainees at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan and thousands more held in Iraq, courts are grappling with whether they, too, can sue to be released.

Three months after the Supreme Court’s ruling on Guantanamo Bay, four Afghan citizens being detained at Bagram tried to challenge their detentions in U.S. District Court in Washington. Court filings alleged that the U.S. military had held them without charges, repeatedly interrogating them without any means to contact an attorney. Their petition was filed by relatives on their behalf since they had no way of getting access to the legal system.

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[4] Bush Administration Committed War Crimes Against Prisoners, Reveals Physicians for Human Rights: http://www.prisonplanet.com/bush-administration-committed-war-crimes-against-prisoners-reveals-physicians-for-human-rights.html

[5] Obama wins the right to detain people with no habeas review: http://www.prisonplanet.com/obama-wins-the-right-to-detain-people-with-no-habeas-review.html

[6] Is Bagram Obama’s New Secret Prison?: http://www.prisonplanet.com/is-bagram-obama%e2%80%99s-new-secret-prison.html

[7] The Black Hole of Bagram: http://www.prisonplanet.com/the-black-hole-of-bagram.html

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