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July 2016 , Page 09 

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Inside NACDL: More Than a Few Good Men and Women: America’s Heroes at Guantanamo Bay

By Norman L. Reimer

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Eight years ago this month, this column celebrated the Supreme Court’s important decision in Boumediene v. Bush,1 which struck down the provisions of the 2006 Military Commissions Act that deprived detainees at Guantanamo of the right to bring habeas corpus petitions.2 While noting that the decision offered some hope that the United States would turn the page on its post-9/11 extra-constitutional excursion, the thrust of the column was to highlight the array of travesties that were unfolding in the military commission prosecutions. Based upon what was publicly disclosed about those wholly unprecedented and bizarre processes, and undaunted by the prospect that outrage might give rise to hyperbole, I offered this observation: “[M]ake no mistake about it: the military commission process that is unfolding at Guantanamo is a farce.”3 

Sadly, history has confirmed that this assessment was no exaggeration. It is more than a little sad to note that eight long years later, Briga

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