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Why detainees should have the fundamental right that the Senate has tried to take away

Yesterday, I talked about the Senate's effort to take away the fundamental right of habeas corpus — a right whose origin dates back to the Magna Carta. Recent documents leaked to Raw Story shows us why this fundamental right is so important:

U.S. forces have held 35,000 detainees in Iraq since the onset of war. Of those, only 1,300 have been tried, and only half of those tried have been convicted, averaging roughly two percent of the detainee population.

The combined figures of those detainee in both Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001 is upwards of 70,000.

According to CENTCOM sources, the Central Criminal Court of Iraq has so far held 684 ‘Coalition trials’ involving 1,259 security detainees, in which a total of only 636 detainees were convicted. Sources say that in total more than 21,000 detainees have been released from Iraq internment facilities.

[Read entire report]

Two percent conviction rate. Pathetic. I don't think it's a prosecutorial problem. It's an unlawful detainment problem. That's why the government should be compelled to justify the detainment of so many for so long with so few rights.


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