Detainees File Lawsuit to Toss New Torture/Habeas Law

Great news on the military tribunal, torture and habeas restriction bill. A pre-emptive lawsuit to declare it unconstitutional was filed today by 25 prisoners at Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan.

Attorneys for 25 men being held in Afghanistan launched a pre-emptive strike Monday against President Bush's plan to prosecute and interrogate terror suspects.

Court documents filed Monday demand that the men be released or charged and allowed to meet with attorneys. Such a filing, known as a habeas corpus petition, is prohibited under the legislation approved by Congress last week.

The case has been assigned to U.S. District Judge Richard Leon, "who, in a Guantanamo Bay case last year, ruled that Congress had authorized the president to order the detention of "enemy combatants" for the duration of the war on terror. Leon did not set a hearing date in the new case."

The suit was filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights.

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    it's great that somebody is challenging this attack on a (maybe the) fundamental holding of what used to be called "western civilization". but, technically, will these folks win a standing to sue battle? that's a question, not a rhetorical comment.