Can’t Say I Blame Them

Posted by lex, on July 10, 2010

I’ve never been to Algeria, but I have been to GTMO.

Lovely weather, three hots and a cot, no one is trying to cut your head off:

The Obama administration would quickly send home six Algerians held at the military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but for one problem: The men don’t want to go. Given the choice between repatriation and incarceration, the men choose Gitmo, according to their lawyers…

A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia overturned Kessler late Thursday, granting the government’s emergency appeal. Much of the litigation remains under seal, but the government argues that legal precedent makes clear the executive branch’s prerogative to decide where to transfer a detainee.

Mohammed’s attorneys declined to comment. Human rights activists said they would appeal, possibly to the Supreme Court.

The irony here is almost too rich for words: Human rights activists who have been up in arms about the GTMO gulag for the better part of a decade are effectively agitating to prevent detainees from being released.

Which, wow.

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