Guantanamo detainee ruling quotes Lewis Carroll poem

A federal court that ruled against the Bush administration in a Guantanamo detainee case ridiculed Defense Department reasoning as nonsensical, likening it to a 19th century Lewis Carroll poem.

On June 20, the three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit overturned as ''invalid'' a Pentagon finding that Huzaifa Parhat was an ''enemy combatant,'' a Bush administration classification.

In a first, it directed the government to either release or transfer the 37-year-old China-born Muslim from the ethnic Uighur minority or subject him to a new, legitimate tribunal using sound evidence.

Monday, the court released a partially censored 39-page opinion that explained its finding.

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