This is just insanity, but it’s the law. We might as well say it was a grant of US Citizenship!
|High Court ruling may delay war crimes trials
The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that foreign terrorism suspects held at Guantanamo Bay have rights under the Constitution to challenge their detention in U.S. civilian courts.
The court said not only that the detainees have rights under the Constitution, but that the system the administration has put in place to classify them as enemy combatants and review those decisions is inadequate.
The administration had argued first that the detainees have no rights. But it also contended that the classification and review process was a sufficient substitute for the civilian court hearings that the detainees seek.
In dissent, Chief Justice John Roberts criticized his colleagues for striking down what he called “the most generous set of procedural protections ever afforded aliens detained by this country as enemy combatants.”
Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas also dissented.
Scalia said the nation is “at war with radical Islamists” and that the court’s decision “will make the war harder on us. It will almost certainly cause more Americans to be killed.”
Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, David Souter and John Paul Stevens joined Kennedy to form the majority.
Five alleged plotters of the Sept. 11 attacks appeared in a Guantanamo courtroom last week for a hearing before their war crimes trial, which prosecutors hope will start Sept. 15.
Navy Cmdr. Jeffrey Gordon, a Pentagon spokesman, said he had no immediate information whether a hearing at Guantanamo for Canadian Omar Khadr, charged with killing a U.S. Special Forces soldier in Afghanistan, would go forward next week as planned.
Bush has said he wants to close the facility once countries can be found to take the prisoners who are there.
Presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama also support shutting down the prison.
One of the 5 on trial for 9/11 related crimes is none other than Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, confessed architect of the 9/11 plot. That’s right folks, old KSM and all the rest of the enemies our troops were killed by and fought to apprehend now have rights under the US Constitution . Those behind 9/11 now have “rights”. This also means if Osama Bin Laden was captured and at Club Gitmo, he’d have “rights”. I guess now we have an “alleged” enemy, till proven an enemy in a civilian court!
This also means more of your tax dollars will be spent in the new legal red tape terrorists (now “alleged terrorists” given their new rights) will use in exercising their new rights.
update 7/3/2008 6:44PM: Turns out KSM and others who have ALREADY BEEN CHARGED are not part of the Supreme Court ruling. However if someone already charged like KSM loses their case, they could appeal and seek the same rights granted to Gitmo prisoners who have not yet been charged. And any new terrorist captured is covered by the ruling. So capture Osama bin Laden tonight and he’s got rights, yuck!