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Thursday, August 12, 2004

Hamdi may be released

From the Washington Post:
The U.S. government, which has held Yaser Esam Hamdi incommunicado in a Navy brig for two years without charges, much of the time without a lawyer, indicated yesterday that it is nearing a deal that would free him altogether.
Hamdi was captured in Afghanistan in 2001, charged with nothing, moved to Gitmo and then to the Navy brig. The Supreme Court finally overruled the fascists in the Justice Department and said that Hamdi actually has rights. Now that he's got a lawyer, it looks like he has a deal. Even though he hasn't been convicted of anything, the deal calls for him to go back to Saudi Arabia and submit to some supervision there. A lot better than he's had for 2 1/2 years, but Eli explains why it's still a crock.