Friday, June 13, 2008

{Whew!}

By the skin o' their necks, eh.

US Supreme Court Backs Guantánamo Prisoners’ Right to Appeal

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that foreign terrorism suspects held at Guantanamo Bay have rights under the Constitution to challenge their detention in U.S. civilian courts.

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The court said not only that the detainees have rights under the Constitution, but that the system the administration has put in place to classify them as enemy combatants and review those decisions is inadequate.

The administration had argued first that the detainees have no rights. But it also contended that the classification and review process was a sufficient substitute for the civilian court hearings that the detainees seek.

In dissent, Chief Justice John Roberts criticized his colleagues for striking down what he called “the most generous set of procedural protections ever afforded aliens detained by this country as enemy combatants.”

[Our Enemies ARE People Too]


All authorities are more effective in the long run when they realize this.

If the Authority isn't getting its job done, it's generally most likely time for the Authority to be replaced. In this Administration's case, it's Long Overdue.

Kudos to the 5 Justices not afraid to be rational in times of trouble.

1 comment:

  1. It freaks me out that this vote wasn't unanimous, and that the dissenters wrote such politicized claptrap in their opinions. Strict constructionists, indeed.

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