Courts decide Guantanamo detainees are not "persons" under US law
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As reported yesterday, The US Supreme Court has refused to consider a case brought by 4 former Guantantamo Bay detainees against former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other senior military officials for allegedly ordering torture and religious abuse. The plaintiffs are British nationals and include 3 men whose detainee experiences were portrayed in the award-winning docudrama, The Road to Guantanamo.
In it's refusal to hear the case, the Supreme Court let stand a DC Circuit Court opinion that Guantanamo detainees do not qualify as "persons" under US law. Shannon Young spoke with Shayana Kadidal from the Center for Constitutional Rights about the legal implications of the case.