If you believe the U.S. military is doing a dandy job figuring out exactly who is the enemy and who is not at Guantanamo, Bloomberg colunmist Ann Wolner has a court ruling she’d like to tell you about. It was made last week by a conservative-leaning appeals court. For the details, here are some clips from yesterday’s column by Wolner:
The federal appeals court in Washington D.C., the first court to look into the facts behind a specific Gitmo detention, decided the military had no credible evidence to label a man an enemy combatant and keep him locked up for six and a half years.
“It is undisputed that he is not a member of al-Qaeda or the Taliban, and that he has never participated in any hostile action against the United States or its allies,” the court said.
Made public last week, the ruling found not a shred of credible evidence to support the government’s claim that Huzaifa Parhat had anything at all to do with America’s enemies, whether through combat or support or association with a group that may have associated with them.
Parhat is one of 13 Chinese Muslims held at Guantanamo who fled persecution in China, camped in Afghanistan and wound up in Pakistan, where authorities handed him over to the U.S. His case is essentially identical to the dozen other detainees who are all members of the Uighur ethnic group. (That’s pronounced WEE- gur.)
Beyond those 13 cases, the Parhat decision shows how little it takes to get labeled an enemy combatant and imprisoned for years on end……
Read the rest of the column here.