by John Hawkins | June 12, 2008 10:49 am
“While the form of treachery varies slightly from case to case, liberals always manage to take the position that most undermines American security.” — Ann Coulter
Today in the Supreme Court, Americans lost and terrorists won,
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 justices handed the Bush administration its third setback at the high court since 2004 over its treatment of prisoners who are being held indefinitely and without charges at the U.S. naval base in Cuba. The vote was 5-4, with the court’s liberal justices 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.
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.
Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, David Souter and John Paul Stevens joined Kennedy to form the majority.
Note that all the originalist justices, the ones that actually believe in sticking to the Constitution, voted against giving a break to the terrorists. Meanwhile, the lefty judges, who typically base their decisions on their liberal ideology, and flaky moderate Anthony Kennedy, ruled in favor of giving foreign terrorists heretofore never previously discovered constitutional rights.
I’m sure you’ll hear lots of soaring, high minded rhetoric about the Constitution today and for the first time in months, liberals across the country will have dry pillows because they won’t be crying themselves to sleep over the fate of the Al-Qaeda members we’re holding.
But, this decision has nothing to do with the Constitution and everything to do with liberalism’s unending sympathy towards any enemy of our country.
Update #1: From How Appealing,
Both the Chief Justice and Justice Antonin Scalia issued dissenting opinions, and all four dissenters joined in both dissents. In his dissent, Justice Scalia writes, “The game of bait-and-switch that today’s opinion plays upon the Nation’s Commander in Chief will make the war harder on us. It will almost certainly cause more Americans to be killed.” Justice Scalia’s 25-page dissenting opinion concludes, “The Nation will live to regret what the Court has done today. I dissent.”
Hat tip to Michelle Malkin.
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