Justice Department lawyers have raised the possibility that the government may review whether some of the 330 men who have been held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for six years are being properly detained, the New York Times reports. The possibility of a hearing on the status of the detainees came Friday in a statement made in the federal appellate court in Washington, D.C.
Lawyers for the detainees said government officials appeared to be considering a “massive” repeat of the combatant-status hearings that were originally held in 2004 and 2005. The purpose of the hearings is to determine whether the detainees are “enemy combatants” who should be held at Guantánamo. Such hearings would be a major change of course for the government, the Times said.