- they have no right to sue top Pentagon officials and military officers for allegedly torturing them and defiling their religious beliefs while at Gitmo.
- they could not force the Pentagon to release to the public the opinions or advice that outsiders gave to the government on the creation of “military commissions” to try war crimes charges.
The first decision is the more weighty. It considered and rejected various arguments under international, Constitutional and statutory law, reiterating that Aliens held outside sovereign U.S. territory are not covered by the Constitution, the very issue under review by the Supreme Court in two controversial pending cases on detainees’ legal rights, Boumediene v. Bush, 06-1195, and Al Odah v. United States, 06-1196. I'll have more on this later, including addressing whether the holding is relevant to José Padilla's recent suit against former DOJ lawyer John Yoo.
(some hyperlinks added 8:15pm)