Jun 12, 2008

Habeas Corpus Wins, Bush Loses; Obama Applauds SC Decision

Update IV: Justice 5, Brutality 4

Update III: Obama applauds the decision, McCain condemns it.

Update II: Justice Kennedy declared for the majority: “The laws and Constitution are designed to survive, and remain in force, in extraordinary times.”

Update: See also Supreme Court restores habeas corpus, strikes down key part of Military Commissions Act

The rule of law and due process right to habeas corpus review win, and Bush and his sons of anti-liberty crowd are not too happy.

The Center for Constitutional Rights, the civil liberties group that grew out of the civil rights movement, nails a well-earned victory.

That idiot who serves as the American president said, "It was a deeply divided court, and I strongly agree with those who dissented. And that dissent was based upon their serious concerns about U.S. national security."

The next thing you know, we'll stop torturing the accused and treat them as human beings.

Barack Obama Statement on Today's Supreme Court Decision:

Today's Supreme Court decision ensures that we can protect our nation and bring terrorists to justice, while also protecting our core values. The Court's decision is a rejection of the Bush Administration's attempt to create a legal black hole at Guantanamo - yet another failed policy supported by John McCain. This is an important step toward reestablishing our credibility as a nation committed to the rule of law, and rejecting a false choice between fighting terrorism and respecting habeas corpus. Our courts have employed habeas corpus with rigor and fairness for more than two centuries, and we must continue to do so as we defend the freedom that violent extremists seek to destroy. We cannot afford to lose any more valuable time in the fight against terrorism to a dangerously flawed legal approach. I voted against the Military Commissions Act because its sloppiness would inevitably lead to the Court, once again, rejecting the Administration's extreme legal position. The fact is, this Administration's position is not tough on terrorism, and it undermines the very values that we are fighting to defend. Bringing these detainees to justice is too important for us to rely on a flawed system that has failed to convict anyone of a terrorist act since the 9-11 attacks, and compromised our core values.

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