Saturday, May 9, 2015

Retired US Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens urges Compensation for Guantanamo Detainees

"Likening some Guantánamo Bay prisoners to Japanese-Americans who were detained during World War II, retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is urging Congress to pay reparations for their time in confinement.
Speaking in Washington on May 4, Stevens also criticized the Supreme Court for its 2009 decision in Ashcroft v. Iqbal, which said top Bush administration officials could not be held liable for alleged mistreatment of a Pakistani “high interest” terrorism suspect. In that case, Stevens said that if suspect Javaid Iqbal’s allegations were true, “the federal government, rather than individual executives, should make him whole.”
According to the text of Stevens’ talk released by the high court, Stevens focused on the 57 Guantánamo detainees approved for transfer out of the facility by federal officials who agree they pose no significant security threat to the United States.
But because of strict congressional limits on how or where Guantánamo detainees can be released, Stevens said, they have not been let go.
“These onerous provisions have hindered the president’s ability to close Guantánamo, make no sense, and have no precedent in our history,” Stevens told the group Lawyers for Civil Justice. “Congress’ actions are even more irrational than the detention of Japanese-American citizens during World War II.”"


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