Wednesday, 21 February 2007
DC Court of Appeals rules Guantanamo detainees cannot challenge detentions in federal court: In a ruling applying provisions of the Military Commissions Act of 2006, the DC Court of Appeals (the US Ct of Appeals that covers federal court appeals in the District of Columbia) ruled that foreign nationals detained at Guantanamo cannot challenge their detentions in federal court through habeas applications. The ruling also addressed the consitutionality of the MCA, saying that the portion of the US Constitution spelling out limitations to when habeas can be suspended does not apply to Guantanamo - because the it is technically under Cuban, not US, sovereignty. (Note: This is called a "loophole the size of Havana Harbor.") Hope Yen has this AP coverage. Carol Leonnig and Bill Brubaker have this for the Washington Post. Scotusblog has more here and a link to the ruling. More commentary/analysis at Balkinization is here.