Supreme Court to Hear Gitmo Challenge – Democracy Now Headline

The Supreme Court has decided to consider whether prisoners at Guantanamo Bay have the right to challenge their imprisonment. The decision reverses the court’s refusal in April to hear an appeal from detainees at Guantanamo challenging the Military Commissions Act of 2006. The law stripped detainees of the right to habeas corpus. Court staffers say the decision marks the first time in 60 years justices have agreed to hear an appeal they initially rejected. Michael Ratner of the Center for Constitutional Rights said: “The Supreme Court will now seek for the third time to resolve the fate of these detainees … who have languished without any meaningful way to challenge their detention for more than five years. The processes the government put in place are a sham — they allow the use of evidence obtained through torture and no real review of the facts.”