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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Oregon Lawyers Represent Guantanamo Detainees

From PORTLAND - Government public defenders in Portland representing seven detainees at Guantanamo Bay say two weeks of interviews in Pakistan and Afghanistan indicate that at least some are noncombatants or victims of mistaken identity." [Case in point: Falsey accused Muslim Canadian citizen deported to Syria and tortured on mistaken information from Canadian government].

"Steven Wax, who heads the public defender office in Portland, said that despite government claims the detainees are among “the worst of the worst” and were armed or captured on the battlefield, some opposed the Taliban and worked with the government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai.  “There are bad guys in Guantanamo,” Wax said, but added that 450 have been denied habeas corpus, a tenet of Western law that places the burden on the government to justify a detention." Full Story. . . [Michele Berry]

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