A Day in Court


Jose Padilla's getting some company. The Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has ruled that Gitmo detainees have a right to lawyers and access to the U.S. court system. From the decision:

We cannot simply accept the government's position that the Executive Branch possesses the unchecked authority to imprison indefinitely any persons, foreign citizens included, on territory under the sole jurisdiction and control of the United States, without permitting such prisoners recourse of any kind to any judicial forum, or even access to counsel, regardless of the length or manner of their confinement.