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Beyond the Front Page

As we approach the end of the first week of Terri Schaivo’s invasion of the front page, it is important that we pay attention to the issues that got bumped off to make room for the oversize “Fight to Save Schaivo Rages On” headline.

The most worthy story of the day: The Administrative Review Boards being held in Guantanamo Bay military base this week. After a ruling by the Supreme Court earlier this year mandating the Guantanomo prisoners be allowed to challenge their detainment, the military officials established their solutions.

Over 500 Guantanamo detainees will be pleading their case in these Board sessions. The board will then decide weather or not they have been detained for a reason or if they were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The trials are too late and too unfair. Similar trials were held earlier this year:

During that set of hearings, 33 out of 558 detainees were deemed to have been improperly labeled enemy combatants. And about 5 of those 33 have been released, military officials said, because of difficulties in making arrangements to have them transferred to their home countries.
(New York Times)

This trials are no better. A lot of the times the detainees aren’t even allowed to hear the case against them.

The prisoner never heard some of the evidence against him because it was deemed classified and was given to the court in secret.
(New York Times)

The whole thing is completely outrageous. Many innocent people are being locked away in the worst of conditions for no reason. People appealing to the board are not allowed to meet or be represented by a lawyer.

The treatment of prisoners in this camp is a complete outrage. THIS should be on the front page. This is a disgrace.


March 24, 2005 - Posted by | The Progressive Movement

1 Comment »

  1. The Terri Shiavo story has indeed dominated the front page recently. But instead of brushing it aside, liberals–and people of all political stripes who refuse to be swayed by partisan wrangling in Congress or a concerted propaganda operation by the religious right–need to draw attention to facts that are being glossed over by the mainstream media. If we’re going to have a national debate about Terri Shiavo’s life, then let’s have it, but let’s have it with all the facts up front and in public.

    I visited a blog today that brings to light some little-known facts, most especially blatant inconsistencies by George W. Bush on the issue. Visit the blog, and read what is being left off the front page: My Ramblings

    Comment by Anonymous | March 25, 2005 | Reply

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