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Lawyers for terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba made their case today (Tuesday) before the U-S Supreme Court. More than 600 detainees are being held and have not had access to lawyers or legal hearings. As KSMU's Missy Shelton reports, an Army Major in the Missouri National Guard who served at Gitmo says the U-S should act more quickly in determining the fate of these captives.
During the 160 days Major Jon Dolan served as a public affairs officer at Gitmo, he says he saw that the suspected terrorists were treated humanely.
Dolan, a Republican Senator from St Louis County says the U.S. should begin proceedings to determine who's a real threat and who is innocent.
Though he says he doubts the delay has tarnished the image of the U.S., he says moving ahead is the right thing to do.
Dolan says he doesn't believe there's a blantant disregard for civil rights that's holding up the process...Instead, he blames the slow-moving bureacracy.
The Bush Administration has maintained it has the right to detain the prisoners indefinitly because they are enemy combatants, a group not covered by the Geneva Convention.
Lawyers for the Bush Administration argue the courts should not micromanage how the executive branch handles enemy combatants on non-U.S. soil.