Kyra Stoddart
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US government pushes limbo at Gitmo

With the stock market drop and new slander tactics in the election crowding the news, you might have missed a key moment in our struggle to close Guantanamo Bay. It was a court decision to free 17 men from the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

On October 7, Judge Ricardo Urbina of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that 17 Uighurs be released into Washington, DC to begin the process of adjusting to their lives outside of Guantánamo.

The ordered release of the detainees is a landmark victory for justice, but efforts to block the decision on the part of the administration leave their futures in limbo. Despite the fact that the government has conceded that the Uighurs are not "enemy combatants," the administration appealed the decision and said that it will go to the U.S. Supreme Court, "if necessary."

On October 8, the U.S. Circuit Court stayed Judge Urbina's order until it had a chance to review the government's appeal. No decisions will be made until October 16 at the earliest.

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