US: Guantanamo Prisoners Not ‘Persons’

AntiWar.com reports:

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal Monday to review a lower court’s dismissal of a case brought by four British former Guantanamo prisoners against former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld, the detainees’ lawyers charged Tuesday that the country’s highest court evidently believes that “torture and religious humiliation are permissible tools for a government to use.” …

The Obama administration had asked the court not to hear the case. By agreeing, the court let stand an earlier opinion by the D.C. Circuit Court, which found that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act – a statute that applies by its terms to all “persons” – did not apply to detainees at Guantanamo, effectively ruling that the detainees are not persons at all for purposes of U.S. law….

“In many ways the opinion the Supreme Court left standing today is worse when one gets past the bottom line – no accountability for torture and religious abuse – and digs into the legal reasoning.”

Read the rest of this disturbing story here.  I shudder to consider that this is confirmation (though not at all surprising) that both major parties consider human rights so basic as life, liberty, and property dependent on one’s citizenship — on a piece of paper, in fact, as if that paper had the power to bestow rights.  And yet we still pretend to be the leaders of the free world?

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