It seems remarkable that this gentleman was kept imprisoned for over 6 years on such flimsy evidence, with no recourse to challenge his detention.
I would say that on moral grounds, this guy has a pretty good case for putting most of the executive branch, and a good chunk of Congress and the military in jail for 10-30 years for kidnapping and unlawful imprisonment.
I agree wholeheartedly. And believe me, I am no bleeding-heart liberal.
What this administration is doing is attempting to 'back-door' and circumvent core principles, such as 'habeus corpus,' that have distinguished the American System of due process as better than any other.
"The guy's not an American citizen." I can hear that retort in my head already.
So what? Do we want to make that distinction, even on purely technical grounds?
I can hear "[t]he guy was a combatant," too. No, in fact he wasn't. He was NOT picked up 'on the battlefield,' is elderly, had no weapons, and was merely picked up because he practices Islam in China, and was in the wrong spot at the wrong time.
Sorry, that doesn't even remotely make the grade, even by a wartime standard of proof, for claiming the guy was an enemy combatant. If it did, you might as well cordon off entire continents with razor wire and call them detainment camps.
Do we want to be known as the nation that goes around the world, picking up farmers and non-combatants, even when we concede we have no proof whatsoever of such claims, and keep them from their families, never give them any credible opportunity to challenge their detainment, and lock them in detainment camps until the day they die?
Is this moral, let alone rational, and shouldn't we expect to be condemned by not only the rest of our world, but by Americans with any conscience?
On a practical level, it just makes for bad policy, as we lose any credibility on human rights, and will be accused of hypocrisy each and every time we clamor for the dignity of the individual, whether coupled or not with our (correct) belief in free economic markets. The two go hand in hand.