Detainees being held at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan cannot use US courts to challenge their detention, the US says.POLITICO: Obama backs Bush on terror prisoners
The justice department ruled that some 600 so-called enemy combatants at Bagram have no constitutional rights.
Most have been arrested in Afghanistan on suspicion of waging a terrorist war against the US.
The move has disappointed human rights lawyers who had hoped the Obama administration would take a different line to that of George W Bush.
... In a two-sentence filing, [OBAMA'S] justice department lawyers said the new administration had decided not to change the government's position.
"Having considered the matter, the government adheres to its previously articulated position," said acting assistant Attorney General Michael Hertz in papers filed at the court.
The US justice department argues that Bagram differs from Guantanamo Bay because it is in an overseas war zone and prisoners there are being held as part of ongoing military action.
The Justice Department told a federal court Friday that it shouldn’t consider legal challenges filed by prisoners being held in Afghanistan by the U.S. military — another example of the Obama administration hewing to one of President Bush’s war-on-terror stances.
WILL THE MSM AND THE LEFTIST BASE OF THE DEMS WHINE?
NOPE. IT'S ALL HUNKY-DORRY NOW THAT THEY'RE FELLA OBAMA IS DOING IT. THERE'LL BE NO OBAMAHITLER POSTERS FROM THESE SO-CALLED HUMAN RIGHTS FOLKS.
THEIR ATTACKS ON BUSH'S POLICIES (WHICH UNDERMINED OUR STANDING IN THE WORLD AND OUR MILITARY EFFORTS) WERE PURELY PARTISAN AND AMORAL - LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE THEY STAND FOR.
IN 8 YEARS, BUSH LIBERATED MORE PEOPLE - RETURNING THEM THEIR INNATE HUMAN RIGHTS - THAN ALL THE LEFTIST ORGANIZATIONS LIKE HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH AND AMNESTY INT'L COMBINED IN DECADES!
[UPDATE: BEAT HOT AIR BY AN HOUR!]
COMPLETE ROUND UP HERE.