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Retired Justice Stevens says some Guantánamo captives may deserve reparations

Retired Justice Stevens says some Guantánamo captives may deserve reparations

Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens shattered the taboo on talking about reparations for Guantánamo captives this week in a speech that said some of the nearly 800 men and boys held at the Pentagon’s prison camps in Cuba may be entitled to compensation, like Japanese Americans who were interned during World War II.

“I by no means suggest that every Guantánamo detainee, such as those who have been convicted by a military commission, is entitled to compensation,” he said Monday in prepared remarks for a meeting of the nonprofit Lawyers for Civil Justice group in Washington, D.C. “But detainees who have been deemed not to be a security threat to the United States and have thereafter remained in custody for years are differently situated.”

With those remarks, the 95-year-old justice who was appointed by Gerald Ford and retired in 2010 stepped into an ongoing tug-of-war between the White House and Congress about what to do with the last 122 captives at Guantánamo — 57 of them approved for release, with host country security assurances.

Source: Retired Justice Stevens says some Guantánamo captives may deserve reparations | Miami Herald Miami Herald

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