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April 20, 2004

Wow. Cuba IS Generous !!!

Thank you Cuba. Seems they have let us house prisoners in Guantanamo. And there's nothing America can do.

Ebby-ebby - waaaaah?
John Gibbons, a retired judge who represented the detainees, began his argument by saying, "What's at stake in the case is the authority of the federal courts to uphold the rule of law."

He said the U.S. government had created "a lawless enclave" at Guantanamo. About 595 foreign nationals have been designated "enemy combatants" and are being held at the base as suspected al Qaeda members or Taliban fighters.

Government lawyer Theodore Olson replied that the federal habeas corpus law that allows prisoners to challenge their detention does not apply to the Guantanamo detainees.

He argued that Cuba, under a lease with the United States concerning the base, has ultimate sovereignty and that places the detainees beyond the control of U.S. courts.

Most of those held at the base were seized during the U.S.-led campaign against the Taliban government in Afghanistan and against Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The first detainees arrived at Guantanamo in January of 2002.
Link here.

So either Cuba has a lot of 'xplaining to do - or they've really been very generous. Quite remarkably so under the circumstances of us shitting on the country and its goivernment at every turn.

But if Castro chose to kick us out, we would go without a fight. Yeah ... .... Right.

This is just so fucking stupid. Dead wife or not, Ted Olson is a complete hick.

So if this all follows along then, the situation is this. We grabbed these more than 2,000 people - mostly citizens of differnet country's - from a battlefield (or not, no one is really sure). We took them and held them for two years and haven't felt we owe anyone an explanation for doing so.

Now, knowing this was coming our best legal effot is that we - America and its government and its citizens - really don't have any say over the area where these people are detained after all.

Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. Um. So, what the fuck are we doing before the United States Supreme Court arguing about it if whatever decision the Supreme Court justice make isn't legally enforceable?

Yeah, you got it

Olson should be embarrased to be spouting such a load. But he's kind of used to it by now. These guys elected Bush when I represented them in 2000 in Bush vs. Gore. I'm sure, his thinking goes, they'll help us one more time.

That's disgusting and an insult to the intelligence of anyone with a functioning brain. Hell, not even a functioning brain - just a functioning brain cell.