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Friday, September 17, 2004

Hamdi to be released

[Soon to be former] U.S. citizen will apparently soon be released from US custody and flown to Saudi Arabia, where he has lived much of his life. Captured in late 2001 in Afghanistan, Hamdi was held as an "enemy combatant" without any rights until the Supreme Court finally decided last June that he did have the right to challenge his detention. When he did so, the "Justice" Department, having no case against him, arranged a sleazy deal where he has to give up his U.S. citizenship and not travel to several countries, and report to Saudi authorities when he arrives back in SA.

Frankly, I think a more just outcome would have been to give him total freedom, $1 million, and the deed to his choice of either the Crawford ranch or the Bush family hideaway in Kennebunkport. Because the Bushies should have to PAY for what they did to this guy, and to justice. The Bushies are the real enemy combatants.