Huffington Post’s Mike Sacks: ‘The court has pretty much wiped its hands’ of Guantanamo oversight


Civilian courts are not providing meaningful oversight of Guantanamo Bay detainee cases, said Huffington Post Supreme Court correspondent Mike Sacks.

On today’s episode of The Dylan Ratigan Show, Sacks argued that “The court has pretty much wiped its hands from oversight of Guantanamo.” He was reacting to the Supreme Court’s decision to decline hearing several Guantanamo detainee cases. In his Huffington Post article on the news, he wrote that the court was “likely closing off for good the prospect of continued oversight of the executive branch’s handling of the prison camp.”

On The Dylan Ratigan Show he expanded, saying:

So the Supreme Court kicked the can down to the DC circuit, which is the lower federal court, below the Supreme Court, here in DC. And the DC circuit has—since the case four years ago offering Guantanamo detainees a meaningful opportunity to challenge their detention in federal courts—the DC circuit has made that vanishingly small of a review. There’s no meaningful review, really, at all in the DC circuit, because they defer very heavily to what the government says in terms of its evidence that it puts forward in these habeas corpus cases.

Summing it all up, Sacks concluded: “So the Supreme Court pretty much blessed the very minimal meaningful review that the DC circuit’s been giving to Guantanamo Detainees. It took itself out of the game.” As a result, he said, the minimal ability inmates have to contest their detention is likely to remain static until the prison camp is closed for good.

The Guantanamo Bay detainees weren’t the only high-profile prisoners to be denied by review by the Supreme Court today. The court also refused to hear the case of Jose Padilla, the infamous American al Qaeda recruit, who claimed that he had been detained and tortured in violation of his Constitutional rights.

Watch the segment here:


Huffington Post's Mike Sacks: 'The court has pretty much wiped its hands' of Guantanamo oversight