A federal judge in Washington ruled yesterday that the continued detention of two ethnic Uighurs at the U.S. prison facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is "unlawful," but he decided he had no authority to order their release.
U.S. District Judge James Robertson criticized the government's detention of Abu Bakker Qassim and Adel Abdu Hakim, who have been jailed at Guantanamo for four years; they have been cleared for release because the government has determined they are not enemy combatants and are not a threat to the United States. But Robertson said his court has "no relief to offer" because the government has not found a country to accept the men and because he does not have authority to let them enter the United States.
Robertson wrote that the government has taken too long to arrange a release for the men, who cannot return to their Chinese homeland because they would likely be tortured or killed there. U.S. authorities have asked about two dozen countries to grant the men political asylum, but none has accepted, in part out of fear of angering China.
The Uighurs -- along with seven other detainees who have been found to be "no longer enemy combatants" -- are in Guantanamo's Camp Iguana, a less-restrictive area of the prison. They were cleared by a combatant status review tribunal about nine months ago, but no solution for their release has been reached. Robertson wrote that their situation is untenable.
Let me see if I get this straight...
- They're "no longer enemy combatants."
- Their continued detention is "unlawful."
- They can't be rendered back to China, because they would "likely be tortured or killed" there.
- Nobody, presumably not even the United States of America, dares anger the Chinese Red Army by granting them political asylum.
- A U.S. federal judge has no authority to order any relief.
I'm supposed to believe that the tyrants in America are the judges?
And would somebody please explain to me— really, one of you wingnuts with the answers to everything ought to be able to just pop in here and straighten this out with a simple one-liner, I figure— what the fsck is the United States of America planning to do with these guys? Keep them detained in Camp Iguana for the rest of their natural lives?
Why am I paying taxes to pay for this?