Supreme Court Rejects Appeals From Gitmo Detainees

Win for Bush policy on terror suspects
By Caroline Miller,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 2, 2007 12:44 PM CDT
A shackled detainee is escorted while being transported inside the detention center at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba, in this Dec. 6, 2006, file photo. Detainee David Hicks, an Australian held...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Supreme Court declined to hear the case of detainees at Guantanamo who challenged the constitutionality of  their confinement, the Washington Post  reports. The rejected appeal  questioned the validity of the military commissions law passed last year, and the legality of being held for more than five years with being charged.

The decision was a win for the Bush admiistration in its efforts to keep terror suspects out of the courts. But the reprieve could be short-lived: The court cautioned that it might reconsider the matter if other available remedies--that is, procedures spelled out by the 2006 law—don't resolve the detainees' status.