Yemeni Muslim enemy combatant, Moath Hamza Ahmed al Alwi (photo right), was captured in Pakistan in December 2001 and has been detained without charge at Guantanamo Bay prison ever since. Alwi faces the real prospect that he will spend the rest of his life in detention based on his status as an enemy combatant a generation ago. Congress has authorized and the Constitution permits his continued detention.
In a statement, CAIR said:
“Though Al-Alwi has spent 17 years of his life in Guantanamo Bay, he has not been convicted of or even charged with a crime. Congress must make sure that our laws must do what international law demands: prohibit indefinite, extrajudicial detention.
“We are disappointed that the Supreme Court will not take his case. We call on President Trump and all other 2020 presidential candidates to clarify where their campaigns stand on the operating status of the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay and the government’s ability to indefinitely detain
individuals enemy combatants not yet charged with a crime.
CAIR added that the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act is currently being considered in Congress, which can either fund the prison to keep it open or close it once and for all.
Supreme Court Rejects Guantanamo Detainee’s Appeal Seeking Release The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away a Yemeni man’s bid for release after 17 years held as an enemy combatant at the American naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, even as a liberal justice urged the court to decide whether the United States can legally confine such detainees indefinitely.
The nine justices decided not to hear an appeal by detainee Moath Hamza Ahmed al Alwi, who was captured in Pakistan in 2001 and placed in the Guantanamo U.S. military detention facility in 2002 without ever facing criminal charges. The U.S. government has said al Alwi was involved in fighting against U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan and was closely linked with the Islamic militant group al Qaeda.
As of January 2010, the Guantánamo Review Task Force had recommended him for continued detention.
Justice Stephen Breyer, one of the court’s four liberals, issued a statement saying that the court should decide at some point “whether, in light of the duration and other aspects of the relevant conflict, Congress has authorized and the Constitution permits continued detention.”
Al Alwi “faces that real prospect that he will spend the rest of his life in detention based on his status as an enemy combatant a generation ago,” Breyer added. (Good! Let him rot there)