A federal judge ordered the Bush administration Tuesday to immediately free 17 Chinese Muslims from Guantanamo Bay into the United States, rebuking the government in a landmark decision that could set the stage for the release of dozens other prisoners in Cuba.
Guess who the judge is? A Clinton appointee.
U.S. District Judge Ricardo M. Urbina said it would be wrong for the government to continue holding the detainees, known as Uighurs (WEE’-gurz), who have been jailed for nearly seven years, since they are no longer considered enemy combatants. Over the objections of government lawyers who called them a security risk, Urbina ordered their release in Washington D.C. by Friday.
……The Uighurs, who are Turkic-speaking Muslims in western China, have been cleared for release from Guantanamo since 2004 and ordinarily they would be sent home.
But the Uighurs cannot be sent back to China where they are considered terrorists and could be tortured, and the Bush administration says no country is willing to accept them.
Albania accepted five Uighur detainees in 2006 but has since balked on taking others due partly to fears of repercussions with China.
And we should give a shit about these terrorists being returned to China because?….
About 20 percent of about 250 detainees who remain at the military prison fear torture or persecution if they return to their home countries, according to the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights, raising similar questions as to where they should go if other countries refuse to take them. The U.S. has long maintained they should stay at Guantanamo.
So. Fucking. What. I love how this is being questioned as a “Constitutional right”, when there is no specification in the U.S. Constitution for enemy combatants.
……On Tuesday, the Bush administration argued a federal judge did not have the power to order the release of a foreign-born detainee into the U.S., saying would undercut immigration laws that dictate how foreigners are brought into the country. Until a country accepts the Uighurs, they would stay in special housing that includes TVs, air-conditioning and recreational activities such as soccer, tennis and volleyball, government attorneys said.
Gee, what torture.
……The Uighurs have been at Guantanamo Bay, a naval prison in Cuba, since the U.S. military took custody of them in Pakistan and Afghanistan in 2001.
And guess what group they’re part of? The East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) and trained at camps affiliated with the Taliban and al-Qaeda.
Link: http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/20113.pdf (page 5)
They are Islamic terrorists, regardless of their country of origin, and we’re supposed to get our panties in a wad over a possible extradition to China?
I don’t like China any more than the likes of the Uighurs, but to release them into the U.S. is just plain fucking stupid.
The ACLU is more concerned with ‘rights’ than keeping this Constitutional Republic safe from the likes of Islamic-indoctrinated terrorists.
Yeah, go ahead and turn them loose in D.C.; with maps and directions to Urbina’s house.