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May 16, 2009

AP source: US releases Boumediene from Gitmo
Article: Breitbart

The United States on Friday released the Guantanamo Bay prisoner who was at the center of a Supreme Court battle giving detainees the right to challenge their confinement, an Obama administration official said.

Lakhdar Boumediene left the U.S. naval facility in Cuba Friday headed to relatives in France, said the official, who spoke on a condition of anonymity because the release was not yet cleared for announcement.

Boumediene was arrested along with five other Algerians in 2001 in Bosnia, suspected in a bomb plot against the U.S. embassy in Sarajevo. He arrived in Guantanamo in January 2002.

President Barack Obama has promised to close the prison at Guantanamo and has urged allies to help take prisoners from there. France promised to take one Guantanamo prisoner when Obama attended the NATO summit in April and said last week it would accept Boumediene.

In June 2008, the Supreme Court ruled in a case called Boumediene v. Bush that foreign Guantanamo Bay detainees have rights under the Constitution to challenge their detention in civilian courts. On a 5-4 split, the majority said the U.S. government was violating the rights of prisoners there and that the system the Bush administration put in place to classify suspects as enemy combatants and review those decisions is inadequate.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the court, said, “The laws and Constitution are designed to survive, and remain in force, in extraordinary times.”

Boumediene was released as Obama announced that he is reviving Bush-era military tribunals for a small number of Guantanamo detainees, with several new legal protections for terror suspects. The system is expected to try fewer than 20 of the 241 detainees now being held at the detention center.

Freed Algerian Detainee Flown to France
Article: Washington Post

A Guantanamo Bay detainee who lent his name to a landmark Supreme Court case was flown out of the military base in Cuba yesterday to France, the U.S. and French governments announced.

France said this month that it would accept Lakhdar Boumediene, a 43-year-old Algerian who was arrested with five compatriots in Bosnia in 2001. The six Algerians were accused of involvement in a plot to bomb the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo, but the Justice Department later dropped the allegation and a U.S. federal judge last November ordered five of the six released.

Boumediene has relatives in France, which led the government there to accept him as a gesture to the Obama administration.

A gesture to the Obama admin? I’ve got a gesture for them alright. A very obscene gesture.

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