Guantánamo's extralegal prisons
October 13, 2005 10:09 AM   Subscribe

A campaign by Yale University law students – going all the way to the Supreme Court – helps free 300 people held without trial at Guantánamo.
posted by caddis (11 comments total)
Storming the Court (Scribner 2005), tells the true story of a group of law students and human-rights lawyers who took the United States government to court to free 300 Haitian refugees held at Guantánamo Bay, the US naval base on the eastern tip of Cuba, in the early 1990s.
posted by caddis at 10:12 AM on October 13, 2005

Great stuff. Thanks Bill, for vacating that ruling (it was probably Janet Reno's doing).
posted by allen.spaulding at 10:15 AM on October 13, 2005

Also on the topic of torture. (via rwwl)
posted by nervousfritz at 10:16 AM on October 13, 2005

And the rights have already been sold to Warner Brothers for a film adaptation.
posted by kcalder at 10:29 AM on October 13, 2005

The sins of the father are repeated by the son.
posted by caddis at 10:34 AM on October 13, 2005

caddis: "The sins of the father are repeated by the son."

swap("repeated", "exceeded");
posted by mystyk at 10:43 AM on October 13, 2005

From the article:
And although Guantánamo lacked the medical facilities to treat the sickest of the Haitians, federal immigration authorities refused to release some refugees who badly needed better care. As government spokesman Duke Austin explained to the media: “They’re going to die anyway, aren’t they?”

Sweet. That guy is brilliant. We're all going to die, right? So why get medical treatment? Let just do away with the entire medical profession. Awesome!
posted by raedyn at 11:23 AM on October 13, 2005

Maybe Cuba should free them. Send in the troops. Wouldn't that be irony?
posted by three blind mice at 11:32 AM on October 13, 2005

Geez, you've got to wonder if Gitmo will come to be ranked with interment camps and gulags by future historians.
posted by Mitheral at 2:28 PM on October 13, 2005

Outstanding. Thanks caddis.
posted by Smedleyman at 2:56 PM on October 13, 2005

I had heard about the detention of HIV positive Haïtien refugees in Guantánamo but I didn't know about the role of Yale students in setting them free. Fascinating and inspirational! Thanks caddis!
posted by madokachan at 5:27 PM on October 13, 2005

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