Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Not An "Enemy Combatant," Yet Still Not A Free Man?

This is what this country has come to? ThinkProgress is reporting that a Chinese man who was picked up in Afghanistan in 2001 as an "enemy combatant" has been found to not be but the government won't let his lawyer tell him.
Despite the ruling, Parhat has yet to see any of its benefits. In fact, he doesn’t even know about it. Parhat’s lawyer told CBC radio’s As It Happens last night that Parhat is currently being held in solitary confinement and “has no idea” the appeals court ruled in his favor because, he added, “I’m not allowed to tell him”

So, here's this guy, he's been held for about 7 years, as a terrorist, with no charges and now he's been found to not be a terrorist but we won't let him go, or even tell him. Plus we won't give him asylum despite him being in danger of persecution (and possibly execution) in his native China. No one else wants him, apparently, either. So what do we do with him? Keep him in solitary confinement at Gitmo for the rest of his life?

Pardon me for saying so but that's fucked up.

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