By Kristine A. Huskey, Attorney and Clinical Professor, National Security Clinic, University of Texas School of Law
"Justice delayed is justice denied" would become our great battle cry in the advocacy efforts on behalf of our clients detained at Guantánamo. We would hum it like a mantra in court hearings, before Congress, in closed meetings with government officials, and to the public in attempt to obtain for the detainees the right to habeas corpus -- the right to challenge their detention. Eight years and counting, and our cry for justice continues for the men still imprisoned at Guantánamo. Despite the Supreme Court's 2008 ruling in Boumediene v. Bush that the detainees are constitutionally entitled to habeas and despite President Obama's promise to close Guantánamo within a year of his taking office, the prison remains open with approximately 196 men, the majority of whom have had no habeas hearing nor been charged with any crime. Several years ago, a D.C. district court judge once concluded: "It is often said that ‘justice delayed is justice denied.' Nothing could be closer to the truth with reference to the Guantánamo Bay cases."