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Ladies and Gentleman, please remain in the upright and seated position ….

District Court, Judge Ricardo Urbina wants to release 17 Chinese Muslim detainees at Guantanamo, who are not Americans. “The decision is momentarily stayed while the Government appeals  “He reasoned, despite the fact that the Uighur’s are non-Americans held outside the United States, that they are vested by the United States Constitution with a right against indefinite detention.  The government has been trying to find a country that (a) will take them and (b) will not persecute them.  Where in the Constitution it says these aliens have a right to enter the United States and live among our population is not clear.  http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=MDcyNWRiYmFkM2RjMWYxNjA5MzM4YjI5YmNlMTc3NDk= Full report from http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/story/2008/10/07/ST2008100702270.html  The government cleared another 60 people in cleaning the Gitmo house but unlike the others- the Uighurs were reportedly trained at camps sponsored by the East Turkistan Islamic Movement, a group that the Bush administration designated a terrorist organization AFTER the men were detained, the lawyers have argued and thus would be certainly subject to horrors in their own homeland and sending them back would certainly be cruel and unusual.

Cruel and unusual?  Staying in Gitmo, going home or going free?  The government apparently provided no proof that they were enemy combatants or security risks in the first place, even after SEVEN YEARS in captivity.  They were never charged with any crime in the first place, only held in suspicion.  Is the American Justice System providing justice in interpreting the constitution to allow their release or providing a president to allow other prisoners freedom? 

SEVEN Years is a long time in the fight for a fair trial.  And for what crime?  Reading the rules of the constitution, I’d say we( and them)  are all vested against indefinite detention.  Charge them with something already, have a trial and be done.  Or let them go.  Whether they are guilty or not, the hatred of America must be paramount after Seven years in captitity,  so much so that if they were released- they might just jaywalk, spit or complain they might get arrested again. 

“The United States has made extensive and high-level efforts over a period of four years to try to resettle the Uighurs in countries around the world,” the State Department’s legal adviser, John B. Bellinger III, said in an interview. Its lack of success, he added, “has not been for lack of trying.  ”Published: June 10, 2007 in an article “Chinese Leave Guantánamo for Albanian Limbo” where four Guantanamo Detainees were released into Albania.   http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/10/world/europe/10resettle.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

Even E.T. got to phone and go home.

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