Monday, June 23, 2008

Scalia, McCain and Yoo Push Discredited “Gitmo 30″ Talking Point

Jon Perr, Crooks and Liars: Earlier, I detailed how John McCain, John Yoo and Justice Antonin Scalia in the wake of the Court’s Boumediene decision all continued to peddle the discredited Republican talking point about “30 former Guantanamo detainees” who had “returned to the fight.” Now a devastating new report released Tuesday from Seton Hall professor Mark Denbeaux puts to rest the Scalia’s “urban legend.”
That figure of 30 terror recidivists unleashing a bloodbath had been debunked by earlier studies from Denbeaux’s team and recent investigations from the McClatchy papers. But Denbeaux’s updated analysis, including the revelations that the Defense Department itself backtracked from the infamous Gitmo 30 in July 2007 and May 2008, shows the extent to which Justice Scalia engaged in cherry-picking dubious data to bolster his blood-curdling Boumediene dissent last week. And it hasn’t stopped the exaggerated number of Gitmo repeat terrorists (like the cry of “worse than Dred Scott“) from becoming a standard Republican talking point since the Court’s restoration of habeas corpus last week. (Read the rest of this story…)

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