While I have no doubt that some of the detainees being held in at the US military facility in Guantanamo Bay deserve to be there, I also believe that holding anyone prisoner for six years without charges and without trial is something our Founding Fathers would recoil at learning.
The US Supreme Court, on a 5-4 ruling, has restored the rule of law by granting these detainees the right of habeas corpus.Ã‚Â
Writing for the majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy said, “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 reconciled within the framework of the law.”
President Bush and Senator John McCain were both upset by today’s ruling which only underscores how important the upcoming presidential election is.Ã‚Â Five of the nine Supreme Court justices will be over the age of 70 and John McCain wants to populate the court with more justices like Scalia, Roberts and Alito.Ã‚Â November cannot get here quickly enough.
Let these detainees be charged.Ã‚Â Let evidence be presented.Ã‚Â And let a jury decide their fates under rule of law.Ã‚Â The United States must lead as a nation of laws.