According to the Washington Post, a judge has ruled against the Pentagon, which had hoped to send 13 Guantanamo detainees to countries where they may force torture. The Pentagon must provide 30 days advance notice to allow the detainees’ lawyers to file an appeal.
- “They got the wrong guys at the wrong place,” said Michael Ratner, of the Center for Constitutional Rights. “These people were imprisoned, interrogated and tortured for no reason. So now the government wants to get rid of them, because they just can’t justify what they’ve done.”
As a result of this ruling, the detainees should get their day in court, and the courts should establish oversight over Guantanamo Bay operations and control over detainee transfers.