In many people’s opinion worldwide, US detainment of terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay is legally iffy. I mean, hello, habeas corpus? It is thus kind of interesting to learn about the first sentence pronounced for a Gitmo detainee, that of Salim Hamdan, Osama bin Laden’s driver. Hamdan was captured after a firefight in Afghanistan in November 2001.
Here is an example of what kind of people are actually being kept at Guantanamo. The court in question is a military one, and so can be expected to hand out pretty harsh justice, but still. The sentence should give us a rough idea of how bad a man, how dangerous a terrorist, Hamdan is. Is it capital punishment? Imprisonment for life? A few hundred years’ imprisonment?
No. Hamdan has been sentenced to 5½ years in jail. (For comparison, this is what you get in Canada for not informing your bedmates that you have HIV.) But he’s already been held in custody for six years and nine months (and I’m not even going into the imprisonment conditions). So now the US owe Hamdan one year and four months’ imprisonment. Might Dick Cheney be persuaded to do the time?