Guantánamo | Bay watch | Economist.com

Giving detainees the right to challenge their indefinite detention in America’s civilian courts would rob Guantánamo’s detention camp of its raison d’être. It was precisely because this patch of leased Cuban land was believed to be beyond the reach of both domestic and international law that it was chosen to hold “enemy combatants”—ie, belligerents not eligible for prisoner-of-war status—without human rights or legal protections. A ruling in their favour could also lead to men who may be highly dangerous terrorists being released on to American soil for want of sufficient evidence to convict them in the courts.

Guantánamo | Bay watch | Economist.com

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