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June 12, 2008

A Good Reason to Vote

Good news with an ugly headline:

High Court sides with Guantanamo detainees again

This has nothing to do with taking sides. What the headline should have said is:

Supreme Court upholds rule of law


Supreme Court upholds constitution

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.

In its third rebuke of the Bush administration's treatment of prisoners, the court ruled 5-4 that the government is violating the rights of prisoners being held indefinitely and without charges at the U.S. naval base in Cuba. The court's liberal justices were in the majority.
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.

This is the reason why the U.S. elections are so important. I do not really like Obama's policy proposals. But the danger of another wingnut judge replacing one of the moderate 'liberals' is just too big. This is the good reason to urge anyone who can to vote for him.

Posted by b on June 12, 2008 at 15:59 UTC | Permalink


as of 12:16 6/8/08, headline at link is

"High Court ruling may delay war crimes trials"

And here are the ending lines:

"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."

Privatisation/outsourcing: it's what's for dinner, or at least appetizers.

Posted by: plushtown | Jun 12 2008 16:22 utc | 1

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