Thursday, June 12, 2008


Well, I don't think it's proper civic etiquette to send a thank-you letter to the five Supreme Court justices who upheld the rights of the Guantánamo prisoners so magnificently today. So I went for a long walk, inhaling a fragrant cocktail of honeysuckle and freshly mowed grass, discovering a burst of blue wildflowers, and meditating on the innocence of a rabbit nibbling at his evening veggies....and thanking God.

Supreme Court Reinstates Habeas Corpus Rights for Detainees at Guantánamo

In a stunning blow to the Bush Administration in its war-on-terrorism policies, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday that foreign nationals held at Guantanamo Bay have a right to pursue habeas challenges to their detention. The Court, dividing 5-4, ruled that Congress had not validly taken away habeas rights. If Congress wishes to suspend habeas, it must do so only as the Constitution allows — when the country faces rebellion or invasion....

The Court also declared that detainees do not have to go through the special civilian court review process that Congress created in 2005, since that is not an adequate substitute for habeas rights. ...

Congress, it concluded, unconstitutionally suspended the writ in enacting that [Detainee Treatment] Act.

Nice to know the Supreme Court can still do the right thing! (But that 5-4 split sure is scary!!)

This decision is not only a rebuke to the Bush administration but also to every senator and representative who abdicated his/her responsibility and voted for the Military Commissions Act.

As Martin Luther King, Jr. said:

Right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.

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