June 30 - PBS "This Week"Supreme Court's rulings + White House's "shame campaign"Sat Jul 1, 2006 01:14
Friday, June 30 - PBS "This Week"
# Supreme Court's rulings on military tribunals and Texas redistricting;
# against The New York Times.
ALSO: PBS NOW: http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/226/guantanamo-trials.html
"It was not good for the Bush Administration right now, unless they learn from it.
And if they learn from it and using the wisdom that the Supreme Court of the United States tried to give them,we'll all be better off for it," Hutson said. The facility at Guantanamo currently holds about 480 inmates.
See NOW's report: Lockdown: Detainees in the "War on Terror"
Read the Supreme Court's June 29, 2006 decision: U.S. Supreme Court ruling On Guantanamo Detainees [pdf]
Lockdown: Detainees in the "War on Terror"
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This week we also return to the issue of how our government is treating detainees of the global "war on terror."
In recent months the Pentagon has been forced to release thousands of documents, including transcripts of Guantanamo Bay hearings, giving the public more clues as to how detainees are being treated.
A number of detainees claim they have been subjected to torture and mistreatment at the hands of the U.S. military, a charge the Pentagon firmly denies. Only ten of the estimated 480 prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay -- a U.S. naval base in Cuba -- have been formally charged.
"... You can't just lock people up and throw away the key without some process and some reason for holding them," Tom Wilner, who represents several Guantanamo prisoners, told NOW.
New photographs documenting alleged torture at the now-infamous Iraqi prison Abu Ghraib have also surfaced in recent months on the online magazine website Salon.com.
So how is the Bush administration responding to calls to improve its treatment of detainees? Next time on NOW.
Related Resources on Detainee Treatment
ACLU: Torture FOIA
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