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  •  I don't think that "what if" scenario is relevant. (4+ / 0-)

    Whether the prisoners were at Gitmo or Thomson doesn't change the fact that they are entitled to due process.  The Supreme Court affirmed in Boumediene v. Bush that Gitmo detainees have the right to challenge the legality of their detention in court.  Sadly, the Obama Administration has worked to keep the prisoners detained indefinitely in most cases, and among the few that are being considered for trial like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the administration has now decided that they will face military commissions instead.

    So if you are right that "we'll never know" if due process rights would have kicked in, I don't think it would simply be because Congress blocked the transfer of prisoners from Cuba to Illinois.  It's also because the Obama Administration has worked against those rights from being realized.

    •  And they've been getting due process (0+ / 0-)
       The Supreme Court affirmed in Boumediene v. Bush that Gitmo detainees have the right to challenge the legality of their detention in court.

      Those hearings have been going on since Boumediene.

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