Friday, June 13, 2008

Something good happened yesterday

Apparently the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, said that Article 7 of the Military Commissions Act was unconstitutional. Detainees held in Guantanamo Bay and in Iraq and Afghanistan cannot be held without the right of habeas corpus. This has been a cornerstone of Western legal practice since John at Runnymeade and the Magna Carta in 1215. The Supreme Court did its job as the 3rd branch of government to say that a law enacted was unconstitutional.

Having the right to stand before a judge and be told your suspected crimes and then be appointed a lawyer (and translator) by the court is something generations of Americans have taken for granted. That basic aspect of civil liberty was restored yesterday in what is being called "a stinging rebuke" for the Bush Administration...

1 Comments:

At 5:52 AM, Blogger Roman said...

I heard that when Bush was responding to the decision he was speaking through clinched teeth and a fake smile. And one of the judges who voted in favor said he thought this was a decision that would endanger the future of America. Bush is poison.

 

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