Saturday, June 21, 2008


In much the same way Fredo is a talk radio President, Antonin Scalia is full of the same BS thinking as Sean Hannity or almost any of the other wingnut gasbags. He talks of Jack Bauer scenarios when discussing torture, just like Hannity does, and now ThinkProgress finds another case of Scalia spouting talk radio myths.
A new report from the Seton Hall University School of Law explodes the myth that some 30 detainees released from Guantanamo Bay prison have “returned to the battlefield” against American forces.

This conservative urban legend was recently parroted by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in his dissent from the Court’s Boumediene decision. Scalia wrote that granting habeas corpus rights to Gitmo detainees “will almost certainly cause more Americans to be killed,” and supported this view by asserting that “at least 30 of those prisoners hitherto released from Guantanamo Bay have returned to the battlefield.”

The Seton Hall report has these crucial findings:

– According to the Department of Defense’s published and unpublished data and reports, not a single released Guantánamo detainee has ever attacked any Americans.

– Despite national security concerns, the Department of Defense does not have a system for tracking the conduct or even the whereabouts of released detainees.

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