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Lawyer: 'No-Hearing' Process Traps Detainees

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Lawyer: 'No-Hearing' Process Traps Detainees

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Lawyer: 'No-Hearing' Process Traps Detainees

Lawyer: 'No-Hearing' Process Traps Detainees

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A lawyer for two terrorism suspects held as enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay releases a study of the hearings that gave them that status. Robert Siegel talks with Mark Denbeaux, who claims that more than two years after the Supreme Court's decision in Hamdi vs. Rumsfeld, those being held have had only one hearing.

The hearings are called Combatant Status Review Tribunals or CSRTs. A lawyer for two of the terror suspects held at Guantanamo has just released a study of those hearings.

Denbeaux, who is also a law professor at Seton Hall University, says that of nearly 400 cases he reviewed, all of them resulted in the same conclusion: confirming the suspects as "enemy combatants." The result, he says, is that "the government is trying to replace habeus corpus with this no-hearing process."

In a statement to the Associated Press, Pentagon spokesman Jeffrey Gordon dismissed Denbeaux's findings as "recycled allegations." He said, "The process is not intended to determine guilt or innocence," but rather "to confirm the status of enemy combatants."