Posts tagged Geneva Convention
Two cases related to the Guantanamo Bay detainees and their treatment are making their way through the court system now and may be reviewed by the Supreme Court soon.
The first, Jose Padilla v. John Yoo, was the subject of Michael’s article this morning.
The second case is being heard (or maybe not, see below) by the D.C. Circuit Court and may well move to the Supreme Court next term.
Salim Ahmed Hamdan is a Yemeni national who, intelligence officials say, served as a driver for Osama bin Laden. He was detained by Afghan forces in November 2001 and held with other suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay.
In 2006, his case (Hamdan v. Rumsfeld) was heard by the Supreme Court, which ruled that the system of military tribunals created by Congress was unconstitutional because it did not properly follow the Geneva Convention. The present case is unrelated to the first; the only common feature is that it features the same petitioner. (more…)
The United States frequently holds itself up as a model for the world’s nations to emulate. Freedom, justice, democracy…all are used as self-applied adjectives. From Obama’s inauguration speech:
Our security emanates from the justness of our cause; the force of our example; the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
We tell ourselves that we are distinct from despotic nations, because we follow the rule of law and justice. And yet, when we violate those laws, we seek out justification for those actions.