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Thursday, June 29, 2006 

Reaction to Court Ruling Over Guantanamo

"The Supreme Court's decision concerning military commissions at Guantanamo Bay is a major rebuke to an administration that has too often disregarded the rule of law." _ Sen. Russell Feingold, D-Wis.
"We can't allow terrorists to simply return home and restart their war plans. Guantanamo will remain open so long as it is in the national security interests of the United States." _ Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas.
"It sends a message loud and clear that what President Bush has been doing in the war on terror is illegal. If we are going to win this fight, it is important that we fight it with the rule of law and by the ideals on which the U.S. stands." _ Zachary Katznelson, senior counsel for Reprieve, which provides free legal representation to 36 Guantanamo Bay detainees.
"It's now time for the Bush administration to close the Guantanamo prison, and either return the prisoners to their home countries or bring them to justice in the United States." _ Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif.
_ "Guantanamo serves as an important detention and intelligence facility. ... It enables us to thwart future attacks. It serves as an important detention center but also an intelligence gathering facility." _ Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that President George W. Bush lacks authority to try Guantanamo Bay inmates before military tribunals, a blow to the administration's anti-terrorism strategy that scales back executive wartime powers.

The justices, voting 5-3, said Congress hadn't expressly authorized the military commissions. The justices also said the tribunals violate the Geneva Conventions and the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which guarantees such protections as the right to be present at trial.

The ruling is a major political and legal setback for Bush, scuttling plans to try three dozen Guantanamo inmates before tribunals. The ruling also boosts suits challenging the incarceration of hundreds of other detainees. It's a victory for Salim Ahmed Hamdan, a former driver for Osama bin Laden accused of conspiracy.

``In undertaking to try Hamdan and subject him to criminal punishment, the executive is bound to comply with the rule of law that prevails in this jurisdiction,'' Justice John Paul Stevens wrote for the court.

Bush said he will comply with the decision and ask Congress to give an explicit authorization for tribunals, a possibility left open by today's ruling. The ruling ``won't cause killers to be put out on the street,'' the president said.

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, a Republican from Tennessee, said he will introduce legislation authorizing tribunals with ``appropriate due process procedures for trials of terrorist combatants.''
My Spin
well first off I guess this means John Roberts isn't Bush's lap dog, if he was a diehard Republican/Conversative why would he have ever heard this case...the fact remains the court did the right thing.
Why was it a good thing, because the act of holding someone in jail with no evidence and having never charged them with a crime is illegal and immoral
The act of holding someone against their will and having never charged them with anything is the same thing Saddam did against the Iraqi's. I'm in favor of the Guantanamo Camps because we need to do something with dangerous people like Salim Ahmed Hamdan (yeah he was only Bin Ladens driver but he knew he was consorting with a man wanted by the US governemnt and did nothing, he was an accessory simple as that), however legally speaking we need to do everything possible to seperate ourselves from the people we are trying to fight and using the same tactics our enemy uses is self-defeating.
This is a good thing for the US I just wish that the government had done this on their own with out the courts stepping in. This is another example however of how the courts are once againt being used as a legislative body, the courts and the government are supposed to be partners and not adversaries or enemies. I am afraid of the new precedent the courts have set forth, I have hope in John Roberts that he will try and help fight "bench legislation" and try to turn the Superme Court back into a court room and not a political pulpit.

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