12 June 2008

SCOTUS 5-4 ruling on freedom rights...

The Supreme Court of the United States this afternoon defended the right of prisoners being held, most incognito, at Guantanamo and other terrorist detention centers to have their confinement questioned using U.S. the court system.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that foreign terrorism suspects held at Guantanamo Bay may challenge their detention in U.S. civilian courts. New York Times, 12 June 2008

Of course, the Bush/Cheney Administration just thinks the world has been taken away from them and ultra-conservative anti-terrorism afficionados believe that every building over 10 stories will have a plane flown into it now.
President Bush was unhappy with the ruling. ''We'll abide by the court's decision. That doesn't mean I have to agree with it,'' the president said during a press conference in Rome. ''It was a deeply divided court, and I strongly agree with those who dissented.''
Does this mean that he's going to ignore it? Can he do a signing statement with a SCOTUS decision?

This is the third time that the Tsar's protection plans for us have been ruled more or less unconstitutional.
In its third rebuke of the Bush administration's treatment of prisoners, the court ruled 5-4 that the government is violating the constitutional rights of prisoners being held indefinitely and without charges at the U.S. naval base in Cuba. The court's liberal justices were in the majority.
The significance of this decision is in one statement by Justice Kennedy's majority opinion.
''The laws and Constitution are designed to survive, and remain in force, in extraordinary times.''
No one is above the Constitution - NO ONE.

Of course, the Tsar and his minions can can just dilly-dally for the next 221 days and leave the next administration to clean up its mess.

or not...

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