Uphold the Constitution, Court Says

The Supreme Court has ruled, for the third time, that detainees held in Guantanamo Bay can challenge their detention in civil courts within the United States. The justices found that:

“The laws and Constitution are designed to survive, and remain in force, in extraordinary times. Liberty and security can be reconciled; and in our system they are reconciled within the framework of the law,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the court’s 70-page majority opinion.

Justices Anthony Kennedy, David Souter, John Paul Stevens, Ruth Bader Ginsburgh, and Stephen Breyer voted in favor of the decision, while John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas dissented. Ever out of touch with reality, George Bush was quoted by the AP as saying:

“We’ll abide by the court’s decision. That doesn’t mean I have to agree with it,” Bush told a news conference in Rome, where he was on a weeklong European visit. “We’ll study this opinion and we’ll do so … to determine whether or not additional legislation might be appropriate.”

Sigh. Another 220 days to go.

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