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U.S. GOVERNMENT FILES OPPOSITION BRIEF IN CCR GUANTANAMO SUPREME COURT CASE

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On October 9, 2007, the U.S. government filed its opposing brief in the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) Supreme Court case that will decide once again whether the Guantanamo detainees have the right to challenge their detention.

Said Shayana Kadidal, Managing Attorney for CCR's Guantanamo Global Justice Initiative, "The Supreme Court decided every major issue in this case three years ago. Today's brief from the government has no new arguments to offer, except to suggest that if the court meant what it said in 2004, it should simply say so, stop there, and not instruct the lower courts on the type of review they should conduct. That is simply an argument for added delays-an attempt to run out the clock so that the mess Rumsfeld, Gonzales and President Bush have made is left to the next President to clean up. The Court needs to affirm that the President can't imprison innocent people forever without charge or judicial review just because they are held offshore."

The Supreme Court affirmed the detainees' right to habeas corpus review both in CCR's landmark case Rasul v. Bush in 2004 and in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld in 2006. The Center for Constitutional Rights represents many of the detainees at Guantanamo and coordinates the work of nearly 500 pro bono attorneys.

The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is a non-profit legal and educational organization committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change.