Monday, June 23, 2008

Three cheers for the Federal Judiciary!

In a first, court says military erred in a Guantanamo case
By Marisa Taylor | McClatchy Newspapers
23 June 2008
WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court for the first time has rejected the military's designation of a Guantanamo detainee as an enemy combatant.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit overturned as "invalid" a military tribunal's conclusion that prisoner Huzaifa Parhat is an enemy combatant.

Cool! Our Constitution seems to be working, despite all of W's devious attacks. The Courts, over which the Executive has no direct control, continue to find for the plaintiffs!... and against W!

Close Gitmo. Today.

I've stated my position before: W's policies have undermined our credibility so completely that no conviction of a Gitmo detainee could be seen as credible by the international community. Let 'em all go. Even the "baddest of the bad". We've no other course that will come close to restoring our reputation.

For what it's worth: W would like to have the competence to declare YOU an "enemy combatant" - held incommunicado indefinitely on his say-so. Jose Padilla - a U.S. citizen - was held in just this legal limbo for years before THE COURTS finally granted him a habeas hearing. He has since been convicted.

9/11 changed everything? Only in the small minds of W and his minions.
The U.S. Constitution is still our founding document, and the Law of the Land.

Stop the madness!

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