Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Detainees, Internment, and Outsider Voices

Yesterday, a divided panel of the D.C. Court of Appeals began its opinion in Boumediene v. Bush with the question: “Do federal courts have jurisdiction over petitions for writs of habeas corpus filed by aliens captured abroad and detained as enemy combatants at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba?” Their answer many pages later was: “Federal courts have no jurisdiction in these cases.”
Although the law on which this opinion was based may well be changed by Congress, the issuing of this ruling is worth reflection in this week that marks the 65th anniversary of Japanese internment.

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