Groups Urge Supreme Court to Act on Guantanamo

A group of former U.S. federal judges, diplomats, military officials and human rights advocates urged the Supreme Court on Thursday to review the case of detainees held without being charged at Guantanamo Bay and elsewhere in the name of terrorism.

The group filed seven friend-of-the-court briefs questioning the legality of the U.S. treatment of prisoners at the naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and elsewhere under the U.S. Constitution, the Geneva Conventions and international law.

"The idea that American executive branch personnel, particularly military personnel, can detain people beyond the reach of habeas corpus is just repugnant to the rule of law," said John Gibbons, former chief judge of the federal appeals court in Philadelphia.

Gibbons said he hoped the U.S. Supreme Court would "restore the rule of law" by authorizing a judicial review of these cases.

I hope Mr. Gibbons gets what he hopes for. Read the rest of Reuters' report here from