U.S. has now lost 75 percent of Guantanamo habeas cases

Bush Lies on Gitmo, Guantanamo Bay Prison

The U.S. government has won just 14 of the 51 decided cases filed by prisoners at Guantanamo

Turns out that most of the “worst of the worst” inmates that were supposedly jailed at Gitmo for our protection and national security, per Rumsfeld, Bush and Cheney, are innocent and not dangerous.

But we knew that and so did the Bush administration, as Jason Leopold reported in April.

Now Carol Rosenberg of the Miami Herald has a new piece out, U.S. has now lost 75 percent of Guantanamo habeas cases.

What does it take to inflict this hell of Gitmo onto innocent people? What manner of human being perpetrates these crimes against humanity? And how many of us are bystanders?

Those are the same questions writers such as Norman Rufus Colin Cohn and Raul Hilberg posed about the NAZIs, and we need to ask the same about ourselves–constantly.

By Carol Rosenberg

A federal judge has ordered the release of another Yemeni captive at Guantanamo, the 37th time a war on terror captive in southeast Cuba has won his unlawful detention suit against the U.S. government.

Judge Paul Friedman’s order in the case of Hussein Almerfediat the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., instructs the Obama administration to “take all necessary and appropriate steps to facilitate the release of petitioner forthwith.”

His reasoning on why the U.S. had unlawfully detained Almerfedi, 33, held at Guantanamo since May 2003, was still under seal.

But as far back as 2005, Almerfedihad argued before a military panel at the Navy base in southeast Cuba that he fled his native Aden, Yemen, with plans to settle in Europe, not to join a jihad. Instead, he said, his journey took him to Pakistan and then Tehran where Iranian forces turned him over to Afghan forces, who in turn handed over to the United States.

Justice Department attorneys argued that Almerfedi was a former Aden-based salesman of the narcotics plant called qat who came to support al Qaeda “and is thus an enemy of the United States.”

A chunk of the case file is censored in federal court but government lawyers also argued that, while in Afghanistan, he stayed at al Qaeda safehouses.

The U.S. also said that Almerfedi was subjected to a lie detector test and was found to be deceptive. Almerfedi told a military panel at Guantanamo in 2005 that he was polygraphed in Bagram, Afghanistan, on the eve of his transfer to Cuba.

The U.S. government has won just 14 of the 51 decided cases filed by prisoners at Guantanamo, although an appeals court has found a flaw in one of the 14 rulings and ordered a new review in the case of Algerian captive Belkacem Bensayah.

In contrast, civilian judges have so far ruled for the release of 37 so-called “enemy combatants” — ordering them repatriated or resettled safely elsewhere if the stigma of Guantánamo detention would endanger them in their homelands.

About half of the 181 detainees at Guantanamo today are citizens of Yemen, Osama bin Laden’s ancestral homeland. A total of 15 Yemenis so far have had their habeas corpus petitions heard. Eight detentions have been upheld and seven have been ruled unlawful.

Attorneys at the firm that handled Almerfedi’s case, Covington and Burlingin Washington D.C., declined comment on Thursday. Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd said attorneys would review the decision to decide whether to appeal.

Thursday’s ruling was the first by Friedman in a courthouse where more than 100 Guantánamo habeas corpus petitions have been divided up among the judges.

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