Xeni Jardin says, “This week’s edition of WBEZ radio’s This American Life, “Habeas Schmabeas,” examines the importance of the right of habeas corpus in America’s legal tradition.”

At Guantanamo Bay, our government initially claimed that the prisoners should not be covered by habeas – or even by the Geneva Conventions – because they’re the most fearsome terrorist enemies we have. But is that true? Is it a camp full of terrorists, or a camp full of our mistakes? Reporter Jack Hitt unveils everything we know about who these prisoners are. In interviews with two former detainees, he finds out the consequences of taking away habeas, for them and for us.

The federal government claims that the detainees were “scooped up on the battlefield” but only 5% actually are.  This report is both amazing and frightening.

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