Gitmo Detainees Get Their Day in Court
Posted by Ryan on June 12, 2008
And the Constitution gets its day on the toilet paper roll! The Supreme Court was about as off-base and dangerous today as as they were in Dred Scott. POWs held at Gitmo will, for the first time in our history, be allowed to have access to civilian US courts during wartime.
These are five Supreme Court Justices that have seriously endangered the American people today: John Paul Stevens, Stephen Breyer, David Souter, Anthony Kennedy, and Ruth “Biddy” Ginsberg.
These are four Supreme Court Justices still believe in the worth of the Executive and Legislative Branch to protect the American people during wartime: Chief Justice John Roberts, Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, and Samuel Alito.
Never in our 232 year history has the American government under either the Articles of Confederation or the Constitution has allowed foreign combatants held overseas access to civilian courts during wartime… until today. It is not just a defeat of the Bush Administration, but also for Congress, national security and by extension the American people.
Why should habeas corpus apply to non-Americans during wartime on those who tried to kill Americans and were taken on the battlefield? This is a horribly dangerous precedent — we didn’t even allow Nazis that privilege!!! What if some of the evidence against the terrorists is classified or involved in ongoing intelligence operations? Don’t the detainees have the right to have that evidence used or brought up in open court? The slippery slope potential is uncanny and not in our best interest.
President Bush is in a position to make a magnanimous gesture for the sake of posterity and NOT enforce this ruling under his watch. Yet, he will abide and we will suffer in the long-run. Congress passed and the President signed the current law into effect in 2006, clarifying the law as the Supreme Court asked them too. This is an example of “legislation from the bench” if anything ever was. In the words of Justice Scalia: “The Nation will regret what the Court has done today.”