Monday, July 7, 2014

Place Your Bets: What Are The Odds They Will Get Their Wish

Detainees Held at Gitmo

Barbed Wire Can't Stop Prayer, Can It

This update (July 7, 2014) comes from Talking Points Memo here. So, does anyone think the detainees at Gitmo are not Internet savvy and know how to play the game of “due process and equal justice under law?” Ha, well, think again.

The story: Attorneys for two Guantanamo Bay detainees are now citing the recent Supreme Court 5-4 decision in the Hobby Lobby case in briefs arguing for their clients and their religious rights to perform extra prayers during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

Al-Jazeera America reported on the motions filed in a Washington, DC district court on behalf of Emad Hassan of Yemen and Ahmed Rabbani of Pakistan. 

Their lawyers say in part:  “Hobby Lobby makes it clear that all persons — human and corporate, citizen and foreigner, resident and alien — enjoy the special religious free exercise protections of the Federal Religious Freedom and Restoration Act (RFRA), which is the center of law in Hobby Lobby case.”

In essence, the detainees want to perform additional prayers during the holy month of Ramadan, which began on June 28, 2014.

I wonder, then, should we grant them the extra time to pray or not? Um... hell, I say what harm can it do? It actually might have some positive benefits in our use of propaganda from our PR tool box.

Oh, yeah about the post title question: What are odd of them getting their request? I'd have to say: 5-4 (but maybe against?) .... wait and see.

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