Bush Strike 3: Gitmo Detainees “Win” Again

by Editor on June 12, 2008

In a close 5 to 4 decision, the US Supreme Court did the right thing and ruled against the Bush Administration for the 3rd time regarding the detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. It seems that they do have the right to challenge their detentions in federal court. To me this reaffirms some of the most fundamental protections that we enjoy in the United States. The government can’t detain someone just because they want to, and that can’t skirt the law by exporting people to a military base on foreign soil.

I am ashamed that our government has been trying (relentlessly) to sacrifice civil liberties and the rule of law in the name of security. But at least there is hope that we can sometimes do the right thing.

And, with luck, this hopefully means that Bush will not get another crack at the Gitmo detainees. It seems likely that the detainees will immediately file appeals that will halt the current proceedings, and seems the appeals will not be resolved before Bush leaves office. This will then fall to the next President who will hopefully show some respect for the core values that make America great.

Although it has become cliche at this point, I firmly believe in the remarks attributed to patriot Benjamin Franklin that

Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

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