Monday, June 28, 2004
An Important Victory

I don't have much time right now, but I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the major, major SCOTUS decisions made today:

1) Prisoners at Camp X-Ray in Guantanamo Bay are entitled to lawyers and court hearings.

2) Prisoners at Gitmo are also within the jurisdiction of the United States Court System.

This is a fairly significant blow to the Bush administration, which had been arguing that as enemy combatants, none of these prisoners were entitled to legal counsel, and that since they technically were being held outside of U.S. borders, they were also beyond the reach of American courts. Basically, the Bush administration wanted them left in limbo where they could do as they pleased with them; the Supreme Court decided that was bullshit.

The point here is that, as guilty as some of those prisoners no doubt are, there are certain standards that we uphold, certain lines we don't cross. The United States does not run gulags where people can be quietly "disappeared" away, and we prove guilt in an open and transparent court system, not in dog cages and "interrogation" rooms.

Predictably, Scalia voted against human rights and in favor of the gulags. Not surprising.
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