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A Letter to Barack Obama from a Guantanamo Uighur | CommonDreams.org

March 30, 2009

A Letter to Barack Obama from a Guantanamo Uighur | CommonDreams.org.

None of the men had been in Afghanistan to support al-Qaeda or the Taliban, and none had raised arms against U.S. forces.

when their case came up before District Court Judge Ricardo Urbina last October, he ruled that their continued detention was unconstitutional, and that, because no other country had been found that would accept them, they were to be admitted to the United States, to the care of communities in Washington and Tallahassee, Florida, who had prepared detailed plans for their resettlement.

The Justice Department … refused to acknowledge that a judge had the right to order the men’s release into the United States, thereby robbing the Supreme Court of a key element of the powers it intended to grant to the lower courts when it confirmed, in June, that the prisoners had habeas corpus rights.

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